Excise Licensing

Expertise:

Gary Daly & Company have extensive experience in advising clients in relation to all types of transactions relating to licence applications and licenced premises. Some of our clients include well-known and reputable publicans, restauranteurs, convenience stores and hoteliers. We have previously acted in the purchase and sale of licences premises, planning applications for hotels and publicans, applications for music, singing and dancing licences, special exemption orders, restaurant certificates, renewal of all types of licences and applications for new licences, we have also previously advised on the implications of the licenses in company insolvency related applications such as examinership and liquidation type scenarios. We offer a full range of advices on the following licences:

  • On Licences/Off Licences

A retailer’s off-licence allows/authorises the sale for consumption of alcohol off the premises to any one person. There are two types of such licenses, a beer retailer’s off-licence and a spirit retailer’s off-licence. The beer retailer’s off-licence authorises the sale of beer and cider for consumption off the premises whereas the spirit retailer’s off licence authorises the sale for consumption off the premises of spirits. Both types of applications are usually made to the District Court in the area where the retailer carries on its business.

A wine retailer’s on-licence is used by restaurants and night clubs. It authorises the retail sale for consumption on and off the premises of wine. Restaurants that hold such a licence can also sell beer once certain conditions are complied with.

A wine retailer’s off licence is usually used by supermarkets and convenience stores as it authorises the sale of wine for consumption off the premises.

A night club can have a wine licence or a publican’s licence.

  • Special Restaurant Licences

This type of licence authorises the supply of liquor for consumption on the licenced premises. A number of other criteria apply which we will advise you on in the event you wish to proceed with this type of a licence. This licence is granted to a person in respect of a restaurant of which he/she is the owner and/or occupier and the application is usually made to the Circuit Court.

  • Publican’s/Hotel Licence

This type of licence authorises the sale of any liquor for consumption on or off the premises of any liquor which includes spirits and wine. This application is usually made to the Circuit Court.

  • Music and Singing Licences

This type of licence is usually granted to late bars and nightclubs and is granted pursuant to the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1890 in the District Court within which the premises are situated.

  • Dance Licences

This type of licence is usually granted to late bars and nightclubs and is granted at an annual licence sitting of the District Court.

  • Liquor License

There are different types of liquor licences available depending on the specific requirements of the business and this allows the licensor to sell intoxicating liquor pursuant to the terms outlined therein.

An application for a Liquor Licence is made to the District Court in the area where a person resides or a business is situated. It is important to note that a person or a company can hold a liquor licence.

  • Special Exemption Licences

This is a licence which allows the licensor to serve alcohol and extend opening hours of its premises after normal closing hours. This type of licence would usually apply to late bars, night clubs and hotels. An application for this type of licence is made to the District Court within which the premises are situated.

  • Auctioneers Licences

The auctioneer’s licences are regulated by the Property Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland.

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