Alcohol licensing and registration of clubs

Legislation in relation to the sale of alcohol in licensed premises and the supply of alcohol in private member clubs.

In Northern Ireland, alcohol may only be sold to the public in licensed premises. The Licensing (NI) Order 1996 specifies the categories of premises for which a licence may be granted.

Private Members’ clubs which wish to supply alcohol to members and guests may apply for a certificate of registration under the Registration of Clubs (NI) Order 1996.

The current certificate of registration ends on 31 March 2018 and clubs must apply to renew their certificate with the relevant magistrate’s court before 31 January 2018.     

The Department is responsible for liquor licensing and registration of clubs legislation; the courts are responsible for administering it; and the PSNI is responsible for enforcing it.


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