A Guide to Alcohol Licensing in Northern Ireland

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  • Published: January 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

The sale and supply of alcohol in the UK is strictly regulated in order to prevent crime and disorder, protect the public, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm.

In Northern Ireland, licensing authorities regulate the sale and supply of alcohol under the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. Alcohol retailers in Northern Ireland must be authorised to sell alcohol by a liquor licence or occasional licence before starting to trade.

The unauthorised sale and supply of alcohol is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 or a six-month term of imprisonment.

This factsheet explains the licences needed to sell or supply alcohol in Northern Ireland. It explains how to apply for a licence and the costs involved.

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