You will need a licence from your local county court to sell alcohol on your premises.
You will only be able to apply to the court for a liquor licence for certain premises, including:
- premises where alcohol will be sold and consumed eg pubs
- premises where alcohol is sold for drinking off the premises
- guest houses
- conference centres certified by the Tourism NI
- other venues that include indoor arenas, higher education institutions, public entertainment premises, public transport premises and seamen’s canteens
You can’t apply for a licence if your premises are situated on a service area, or are on the same premises as a garage or petrol station.
Hotels, guest houses and conference centres
If you run a hotel, guest house or a conference centre, you must apply to the courts for a liquor licence and show that:
- you are fit to hold a licence
- the premises are suitable for the sale of alcohol
Conference centres must meet certain requirements to get a licensing letter from Tourism NI.