Selling alcohol



In Northern Ireland, businesses must have a licence before they can legally sell alcohol. Only certain types of premises can obtain a licence. Private members clubs must be registered before they can sell alcohol to members and guests.

This guide outlines premises allowed to sell alcohol and the process for applying for and renewing your licence. It highlights how private clubs can register to sell alcohol. It explains the legal conditions for selling alcohol. This includes rules on young people and alcohol sales, children on licensed premises, drink promotions, licensing hours and restrictions during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas.

Measures to fight coronavirus are currently in place in Northern Ireland that require some businesses to close and others to restrict their trading. Find out more about business closures and restrictions in Northern Ireland.