Change of name

Requirements when applying change the name of a licensed premises.

The licensing authority will generally only accept complete applications. Therefore, please ensure that all documentation is provided with your application to avoid delays.

When an application is required

When a licensee wishes to change the current approved trading name at a licensed venue an application must be lodged to request the approval of the licensing authority prior to the name being changed.

This application is not used for situations where the licensee wishes to change their company name (not the trading name). Where the entity conducting business under the licence will be changing please refer to the Transfer of Licence.

Naming conventions

There are a few situations where particular words or phrases will not be permitted. Restaurants wishing to alter their name to include the word ‘bar’ must provide written submissions as to why the name applies to their business and why it is in the public’s interest.

Lodging the application

Applicants must lodge completed applications at the department. An application should be made using the forms provided below.

Department staff will be available between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm to assess your application to ensure that it meets the legislative requirements prior to lodgement.

Application fees

An application is not considered lodged until the fee has been received. An invoice for payment will be issued on receipt of your emailed or posted form and can either be paid through the licensee's online portal account, by posting a cheque made payable to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries or a BPOINT payment link can be emailed on request. Application fees are not subject to GST.

Applications will not be progressed until the fee is received. Generally the application fee is not refundable, even if the application is refused or withdrawn.


Change of name
Fee description Fee (no GST applicable)
Licensed premises$82




Submitting your application

Ensure all required documentation is attached to your application.

In person

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Level 2, Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth WA 6000

By email

Ensure all documentation is attached to your email.

By post

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre
WA 6849


This information is designed to provide authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Page reviewed 22 April 2021