How to apply online for liquor bar shop license in India

Willing to open a liquor shop or beer bar? Want to know the legal steps to sell whisky, rum, beer and other brands? Here are complete details of government norms to start a liquor store outlet in Indian states.

Western lifestyle has been adopted vastly by the present youth of our country. Going to discos, having fun with friends and take liquor is now a trend of Indian culture too. Late night parties are on inclination. And whisky, rum, beer, vodka and other hard drinks flow like a river. Other than at these high society parties, liquor is vastly consumed by both genders of middle class as well as male labourers or poor people. Hence, liquor shops make a good business irrespective of their location, which can be a roadside shop, a pub or a restaurant-cum-bar.

A person willing to sell liquor needs to seek permission for respective state government for this purpose. Not only this, permission to sell or consume liquor at a public place or wedding or social gathering is also required. Each state government has laid down certain rules and conditions that must be followed by a person willing to sell hard drink. Excise department of each state grants different licenses for different types of liquor shops.

Types of licence

Different types of licences are issued by each state government. An individual/ company can seek the grant of following licences and for said purpose:
L- I Licence
It is granted to a Company or a society or a partnership firm or proprietorship firm running a licensed manufacturing unit/s. Applications are invited through a public notice issued in leading newspaper of local area as well as through official website of concerned state excise department.

L-3 Licence
Tenders are issued for granting this licence, and are granted to working distilleries or bottling plants duly licensed by Central or State Government.

L-6 Licence
It is granted for retail vend of Indian liquor/beer only to selected undertakings of the state govt.

L- 9 Licence (Earlier L-52D)
It is granted for retail sale of liquor of foreign brands. Only L-1 licence holder can seek this licence.

L-10 Licence
It is granted for the retail sale of liquor of various Indian and foreign brands.

P-13 Licence
It is granted on temporary basis to licenced hotels, restaurants and clubs for providing them permission to serve foreign liquor inside or outside their licensed premises for hosting a function on a specific day only.

P-10 Licence
It is granted to serve the liquor in any function at a specific premises anywhere in the city, excluding public parks.

Other than these, L-11, L-12, L-15,L-16,L-17,L-18,L-19,L-20,L-21,L-28,L-29, L-30 are also granted for different reasons.

wine and liquor shop license

Cost or investment required

Now another question arises that what is the cost to open a liquor shop. It is wise to start a business only if the return is more than the capital investment+ direct and indirect expenses, especially in long run. See. Firstly, you need to deposit application fee while obtaining licence. This fee is in few thousands (Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000 or more) which varies with the type of licence. Other than this, you need a licensed premises, stock of liquor and staff to serve or sell liquor. As a rough estimate, you can calculate the initial cost of starting a liquor shop approximately Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 60 lakh depending on the location and various other factor.

How to get liquor shop or bar license in India

Excise department of each state has the authority to grant the license for this purpose. Please note that consumption and sale of alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat, Manipur, Nagaland and union territory of Lakshadweep. A ban on alcohol is proposed in Bihar also which is expected to be implemented with effect from April 2016.

Tenders or applications are invited from time to time. Rajasthan Excise department had issued a notice in February 2016 to provide permit. Likewise, other state governments also issue notice in leading newspapers as well as on their official websites as and when need arises. Many times, a licensee also sells his valid license due to any reason like shifting to another country, etc. You can purchase such a valid license which may cost approximately Rs. 1 crore. However, make proper investigations before purchasing such licenses. Also make the deal in a legal manner only.

Disclaimer: All information provided above is taken from various official websites. Readers are advised to use their best judgement skills before taking any final decision or before making any investment. Author or the website shall not be liable for any loss or damage.

We do not advocate sale or consumption of liquor in our society. We strongly support ban of alcohol in all states of India. The article is written to provide information to people who are willing to open an alcohol shop.

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Author: Nikhil14 Mar 2016 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

I appreciate the article written by the author. It is really going to help the ones who are planning to start a business of their own. The business of Liquor and wine can really help to earn good amount of money. Also, the article has provide the type of liquor license one can get according to various conditions. Nowadays, Beer bars are becoming very popular in India. It is advised to go for this as a business option.

Guest Author: Debdutta Sen05 Apr 2017

I need a licence for FL on shop

Author: K Mohan09 Apr 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

Though the author has provided elaborate details in how to apply online to get liquor shop license across the country, what I understand is that most of the so called liquor shops existing in various places across the country are not genuine but established through back door entry. Having failed to get the liquor shop established through legal process, gullible people collide with already established liquor shops chain to open one more branch away from the present shop and in Telugu we call it Belt shops. That means in the name of already obtained licensed shops the duplicate shops start appearing elsewhere in the town or city under the profit sharing agreement. Hence the very purpose of having regulation over the illegal liquor shops is defeated. And what is surprising is that even the police which knows the mushrooming of such shops won't verify the credentials of new shops as they get their cut every week.

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