Restaurants, clubs and party or commercial bus operators are generally the businesses that apply for a BYO liquor permit.
These businesses do not want to supply or sell alcohol on their premises, but instead want to allow their customers to bring their own alcohol to drink.
There are 2 types of BYO permits that can be applied for in Victoria:
- BYO permit (restaurants and clubs)
- BYO permit (party buses).
Both permit types are outlined below. Apply for the one that best meets your needs.
Apply for your permit
We suggest you lodge your liquor licence application at least 8 weeks in advance.
The time taken to process your application will vary depending on a range of factors including the complexity of the application and any objections which may be raised.
BYO permit for restaurants or clubs
Apply for this permit if you are a restaurant or club that does not intend to sell liquor to your customers. You want to allow your customers to bring their own liquor for consumption on your premises.
To apply for this permit download the kit and fill out the form. The kit has instructions on how to complete your application.
Applicants should specify their trading hours when completing their permit application.
BYO permit for party buses
Apply for this permit if you are a commercial or party bus operator who does not intend to sell or provide liquor to customers. You want to allow customers to bring their own alcohol to drink on the bus.
To apply for this permit download the kit and complete the form. The kit has instructions on how to complete your application.
The BYO permit is for commercially operated buses that take pre-bookings and also:
- operate at night between 8pm and 5am (regardless of the time of passenger pick-up)
- operate in a designated area or for the purpose of carrying passengers travelling to or from visiting a designated area.
- submit a management plan aimed at reducing alcohol-related harms associated with party bus activities
- adhere to a code of conduct that complies with the standards of patron and operator behaviour expected by Liquor Control Victoria (LCV).
LCV has the discretion to impose conditions on a BYO permit to reduce any risks.
Selling alcohol and one-off events
Restaurants, clubs and party buses that want to supply alcohol, whether for sale or included in a ticket price, need to get a liquor licence.
If it is a one-off event you can apply for a temporary limited licence.
Reviewed 02 April 2023