In your application you need to define the area where you want liquor to be supplied and consumed. This is shown by a red line drawn on a plan of the premises (a red line plan).
Your red line is required as a part of your application, but it may also be requested by Liquor Control Victoria at any time.
The plan must:
- be on at least A4 size paper
- be drawn in ink and be neat and legible
- include the premises address
- define the boundaries of the property
- outline the proposed licensed area/s in red
- show measurements of licensed areas
- show the basic functions or fixtures for example; bar dining area, kitchen area, etc.
Access your red line plan
Please note that Liquor Control Victoria (LCV) will only provide a red line plan to the licensee/permit holder or a party with written authority to act on their behalf.
Change your red line plan
When an application to vary a licence or permit is required
If a licensee or permittee wishes to increase or decrease the size of a licensed premises, or change the perimeter of a licensed premises, they must apply to LCV for permission to do so. If LCV grants the application, the change will be reflected by amending the red-line on the plan of the licensed premises.
The ‘size’ of a licensed premises is the area of the space that is licensed, and is measurable in square feet or metres. The ‘perimeter’ of a licensed premises is the distance around the area of a licensed premises. Both are delineated by the red- line on the plan of the licensed premises.
When an application to vary a licence or permit is not required
If a licensee or permittee makes a change to the internal area of a licensed premises (for example, by adding or removing a particular structure such as a stage, a service area, or a wall) that has no effect on the size or perimeter of the licensed premises, an application to vary the licence or permit is not required.
However, if the internal change results in more room being available, and the licensee or permittee wishes to increase the maximum number of patrons permitted on the licensed premises, then they will need to to increase the maximum patron capacity.
Refer to the Maximum patron capacity fact sheet below for further information about what must be included in an application to vary a licence or permit to increase the maximum patron capacity.
Compliance with conditions of licence or permit
Regardless of any internal changes a licensee or permittee may make, they must continue to ensure compliance with the conditions of the licence or permit. For example, if the internal changes increase noise emissions from the licensed premises, this may have a detrimental impact on the amenity of the area in which the premises is situated and be a breach of the conditions of the licence or permit. In these circumstances, the licensee or permittee may be prosecuted under section 108 of the , or disciplinary action may be initiated.
Providing an updated plan to the LCV
When a licensee or permittee applies for a licence or permit, they must provide a plan of the premises in the form specified by LCV. Among other things, the plan must show basic functions or fixtures. If the functions or fixtures shown on the plan approved by LCV are changed, a new plan should be submitted to LCV.
Refer to the Liquor Licensing fact sheet - Plans of licensed premises for further information about what must be included in a plan of a licensed premises.
Reviewed 03 April 2023