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In Northern Ireland, alcohol may only be sold in licensed premises. Liquor licensing is regulated by The Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, which provides for 12 types of premises to be licensed to sell alcohol to the public. There are different conditions attached to each type of premises.

The premises are:

  • pubs
  • off-licences
  • hotels
  • guest houses
  • restaurants
  • conference centres
  • higher education institutions
  • places of public entertainment (theatres, ballrooms, race tracks)
  • refreshment rooms in public transport premises (railway or bus stations, airports and harbours)
  • seamen’s canteens
  • indoor arenas
  • non-seagoing vessels

You must apply to your local county court for a liquor licence. Before a licence is granted, you will need to show that certain conditions have been met, particularly:

  • you are fit to hold a licence
  • the premises are suitable for the sale of alcohol

We offer a complete start to finish service to ensure your licence application covers all your business and event needs, ensuring compliance with the strict advertising requirements and conditions to meet the licensing objections in relation to public safety and the protection of children from harm and ensuring service of the application on all responsible bodies.

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