The sale of alcohol by retail and the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club are licensable activities.

Alcohol can be sold or supplied for consumption on or off the premises from where it was sold.

Shops and supermarkets are generally restricted to off sales only, where alcohol will be sold  for consumption off the premises, such as at home.

Nightclubs are generally restricted to on sales only, where the alcohol can only be consumed in the premises and not taken away to avoid issues on the streets.

However, many bars and restaurants may provide alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises which allows customer to enjoy a drink in a beer garden or take home their favourite tipple.

The sale of alcohol is the exchange of a commodity for money or other consideration. Thus, if the alcohol is given a value a sale has occurred.

The premises at which the point of sale takes place must be licensed.

The sale usually takes place at the same time as the alcohol is assigned and delivered, however, this can vary.

In internet sales or telephone sales the sale does not take pace at the office where the order is taken but at the warehouse where the alcohol is selected to meet the order.

Wholesales of alcohol are not sales by retail if the purchaser is selling the alcohol by retail on to their own customers. The purchaser must, however, be licensed to sell the alcohol.

There are a number of exemptions to the need for alcohol sales to be licensed or regulated. These include sales of:

  • Perfume;
  • Flavouring essence;
  • Medicines containing alcohol; &
  • Liqueur confectionary (dependent on the strength).

The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club is not a sale by retail as the members of the club own the alcohol. However, the supply must be licensed.

If you seek to sell alcohol by retail or supply alcohol to a club you must hold a premises licence, club premises certificate or a temporary event notice.

If we can assist you in any way, or if you simply want to discuss any licensing & gambling issue, please contact us at any time.