Applying for a Liquor License 0 4970

Owning a bar or restaurant is a lot of work, but for many people, it’s worth it. It involves bookkeeping, accounting, marketing, sales, human resources as well as interior design and customer service among other things. If you have a clear vision, do your homework and learn all the factors involved in the business. It can also translate into a rewarding and financially successful enterprise.

Before you get started on the actual nuts and bolts of creating your dream bar, restaurant or grocery and intend to sell alcohol, you have to apply for a liquor license. In Trinidad & Tobago, all persons or businesses wishing to sell rum, beer, scotch and other types of wines and spirits to be consumed on or off premises, must obtain a license from the Secretary of the Liquor Licensing Committee at the Magistrate’s Court in the county where the establishment or venue is located.

There are many different types of liquor licenses, it just depends on your circumstances. For example,
• A spirit retailer’s license is required for persons or businesses that wish to sell intoxicating liquor in any quantity for consumption, either on or off the premises, at any time of day or night.
• A spirit grocer’s license is required for persons or businesses that wish to sell intoxicating liquor in bottles only in any amount for consumption off the premises, at any time of day or night.
• A night bar license is required for places that sell spirits to be consumed on the premises at any time of day or night.
• An occasional spirit retailer’s license is required for persons or businesses that wish to sell intoxicating liquor in any quantity for consumption at an event or venue for a specified time period.
• The restaurant license is required for places that sell alcohol to persons having a meal on the premises.

Depending on the type of license you are applying for, you would have to submit the following:-
• Application Form (Triplicate)
• Board of Inland Revenue File (BIR) Number
• Floor plan of the proposed location
• A valid Police Certificate of Good Character of owner/ applicant
• Town and Country building approval of the proposed location
• T&T Fire Service report of the proposed location
• Ministry of Health report of the proposed location
• Copyright Organization of Trinidad & Tobago (COTT) license
• Application Fee of TTD$40

In addition to these documents, a notice of this application which includes the name, proposed location and date and time of the licensing session, will be placed in the daily newspapers to identify if there are any persons interested in objecting to the application.

If your application is successful in this process, a Customs & Excise representative will visit your premises and submit a report to the Licensing Committee to ensure that it meets the minimum requirements as specified in the Customs & Excise Act.

For more information contact:

Excise Branch Customs and Excise Division
Ministry of Finance
Custom House
Ajax Street, Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad
Tel: (868) 625-3311–9, Ext. 5076
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Customs and Excise Division
Ministry of Finance
Customs Street
Scarborough
Tobago
Tel: (868) 639-2415
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Customs and Excise Division
“Lee Chong Building”
San Fernando Street
San Fernando
Trinidad
Tel: (868) 657-0150
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Please note that intoxicating liquor may only be sold to persons 18 years of age and older.
Under The Liquor Licenses Act of Trinidad & Tobago

 

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