Failure To Quit Licenced Premises

What is ‘Failure to Quit Licenced Premises’?

It is an offence to try and re-enter or stay at a pub or club after being asked to leave by security, a staff member or Police. If you have been refused entry or thrown out of a pub or club due to being drunk or disorderly, you must not attempt to re-enter that premises for a period of 24 hours.

This is an offence under s77 of the Liquor Act 2007 NSW.

In order to prove this charge, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • You had been refused admission or been thrown out of a licenced premises;
  • Due to intoxication or disorderly behaviour; and
  • Remained in the vicinity of the premises; or
  • Tried to re-enter the premises, without reasonable excuse.

Defences for failing to Quit Licenced Premises

  • Duress;
  • Necessity; and
  • Self Defence.


The maximum penalty you can receive if convicted of this offence is a fine of $5500.

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