Alcohol License Northern Ireland

Alcohol Licensing

Alcohol licensing is a legal framework that governs the sale, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. These laws and regulations are designed to ensure public safety, prevent alcohol-related problems, and maintain control over the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Our legal team will provide you with expert advice to ensure your application for an alcohol license has the best chance of success.

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At P.A Duffy & Co Solicitors, we represent clients who are applying, appealing or renewing alcohol licenses across Northern Ireland. Our team are experienced, committed and diligent and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the license you require.

Alcohol licensing laws and regulations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Here is a general overview of alcohol licensing in both regions:

Alcohol Licensing in Northern Ireland (NI)

Regulatory Authority – The regulation of alcohol licensing in Northern Ireland is overseen by the Department for Communities (DfC).

Types of Licenses - Various types of licenses are issued in NI, including:

  • On-Licenses: For the sale and consumption of alcohol on the premises, such as pubs, restaurants, and hotels.

  • Off-Licenses: For the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, typically for liquor stores and supermarkets.

  • Occasional Licenses: Temporary licenses for events like festivals or concerts.

  • Hours of Sale: The hours during which alcohol can be sold are regulated. Typically, pubs and restaurants have specified opening and closing times.

Zoning and Location - Zoning and location restrictions apply to alcohol licenses, ensuring that they are not granted in certain prohibited areas.

Responsible Service - License holders are expected to ensure responsible alcohol service, including checking the age of customers and refusing service to intoxicated individuals.

Inspections and Compliance - Regulatory authorities conduct inspections to ensure compliance with alcohol licensing laws.

First time licensing application

We understand the stress associated with licensing applications and how it can be overwhelming for a first-time licensing owner. You may not be completely aware of what to expect from the procedure and so we dedicate ourselves to take this stress and burden off you. We will collect the necessary information and will submit your licensing application for you.

How our solicitors can help

P.A. Duffy & Co Solicitors have years of experience working closely with clients who are applying, appealing, or renewing various licenses. We pride ourselves in our commitment to seek the best legal outcome for our clients.

Our licensing solicitors understand that acquiring an alcohol license can be overwhelming for many people, so we aim to take on majority of the legal burden for you.

Speak to our solicitors in Dungannon and Belfast. For a consultation with one of our experts, call us on 02887722102 (Dungannon/Belfast). We will talk through your application with you and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you can fill in our online Contact Form and we will ring you.


Do I need a solicitor to apply for an alcohol license?

In some cases, you do not need a solicitor to apply for an alcohol license, but it can be beneficial to consult with one, especially if you are unfamiliar with the licensing process or if you are dealing with complex legal issues.

If you have questions or are uncertain about any aspect of the application, it's a good idea to consult with a solicitor. Our solicitors at P.A. Duffy & Co have a deep understanding of the law and can help ensure that your application is complete, accurate, and complies with all local and national regulations. They can also help you navigate any legal complexities that may arise during the application process.

What documents are typically required for an alcohol license application?

Required documents may include proof of identity, floor plans, ownership or tenancy agreements, background checks, financial statements, and health and safety certifications.

Can I transfer an alcohol license to a new owner or location?

Transferring an alcohol license to a new owner or location is possible in many cases, but it typically requires an application to the Court.

What are the consequences of serving alcohol without a license?

Serving alcohol without a license is illegal and can result in fines, legal penalties, and even criminal charges. It can also lead to the closure of your establishment.

How long does it take for an alcohol license to be approved?

The time it takes for an alcohol license to be approved can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of license, your location, the completeness of your application, and whether any issues or objections arise during the review process.

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Kieran QuinnKieran QuinnDirector
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