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  • Still – Application for permission

    Complete this application to apply for permission for a still. You can do this online. If you can't open the form, save it to your computer first and open it from there.

    Once you've completed your application, follow the instructions on Lodging your application to send it to us through Online services for business.

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    When to use this form

    Complete this application if you:

    • don't have an excise manufacturer licence, and
    • want permission to manufacture, sell, dispose of, buy, import, own or possess a still with a capacity of more than 5 litres.

    You need permission for the still regardless of what it will be used for.

    A still is equipment used to separate substances from a liquid mix, by using the different evaporation rates of those substances. The capacity of the still refers to the volume of liquid that the still is capable of holding.

    Permission for the still is not a licence to distil alcohol. It is illegal to distil alcohol without an excise manufacturer licence.

    Lodging your application

    Before you lodge your application form, make sure you have completed all the relevant sections.

    If you use Online services for business to lodge your application, we can process it faster than if you lodge by post. Simply follow these steps.

    1. Fill in the application form
    2. Save the completed form as a PDF to your computer
    3. Log into Online services for business
    4. Select Communication then Secure mail service
    5. Create a New message and then choose View more topics
    6. Select Alcohol, fuel and petroleum products, tobacco, duty free store from the subject list
    7. Attach the application form
    8. Provide your contact details and complete the declaration
    9. Select Send

    Note: You will receive a receipt number once you've lodged your application.

    For help with lodging your application through Online services for business, call us on 13 28 66.

    Track your application progress

    You can track the progress of your application using the Your dealings function, under Communications in Online services for business.

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    Last modified: 09 Apr 2021QC 38481