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Punjab Liquor License

Punjab Liquor License

Punjab Liquor License

Punjab Liquor License is a document of permission granted to a businessman/trader to alcoholic beverages to its bonafide members for consumption in the prescribed premises. It is illegal for any citizen to manufacture, dispense or sell intoxicating alcohol without a valid Punjab Liquor License. The Government of Punjab has established various rules and regulations under the Punjab Liquor License Rules, 1932 to regulate the consumption and sales of liquor, making it mandatory to acquire a liquor license for restaurants, hotels, clubs etc. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining the Punjab Liquor License in detail.

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Punjab Liquor License Rules

Punjab Liquor License is mandatory under the provisions of Punjab Liquor License Rules. This act moderates the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of liquor which includes spirits, Liquor, Tari, Pachawar, Beer, IMF and all liquid consisting of alcohol. Beer includes ale, stout, porter and all other fermented Liquors made from malt.

IMFL means foreign Liquor made in India, i.e. Indian Made Foreign Liquor

Importance of  Punjab Liquor License

Some of the significance of obtaining the Punjab Liquor License is explained here: Liquor License is used to mitigate the additional sale of liquor; drug licenses are provided for monitoring the mechanism.

  • It is illicit for any person to distribute manufacturer sell intoxicating liquor without a liquor license issued by the Punjab Government
  • There is a requirement to regulate the selling of alcohol and to maintain the health and peace in the State, there is a requirement to monitor the sale of liquor, and hence a liquor license is necessary.

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Eligibility Criteria

The following types of applicant can apply for liquor license in Punjab:

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Punjab Liquor License for Society

When a liquor license is granted to a company or society, it must show the name of the individual as an agent. On the application of the firm or society, the representative licensee can be changed by the authority competent to renew the license.

Punjab Liquor License for Partnership firm

When a liquor license is issued to a partnership or firm not incorporated under any act, all the individuals comprising the partnership firm should be specified on the liquor license

Classes of Punjab Liquor License

According to the Punjab Liquor License Rules, 1932, Punjab liquor License can be classified in the following categories:

  • Foreign liquor License
  • Country Spirit License
  • Rectified Spirit License
  • Country Fermented Liquor

Prescribed Authority

Excise and Taxation Department, Government of Punjab issues Punjab liquor license. The prescribed authority for issue Punjab liquor licenses are tabulated here:

S.No

Type of License

Authority Empowered to

Grant License

Renew

Foreign liquor License
1Form L 1Wholesale and retail vend of foreign liquor to the tradeExcise CommissionerDistrict Excise and Taxation Officer
2Form  L 2Wholesale and retail vend of foreign liquor to public onlyDittoDitto
3Form  L 2ARetail vend of foreign liquor to expatriated employeesDittoCollector
4Form L 3Retail vend of foreign liquor in a hotelDittoDistrict Excise and Taxation Officer
5Form L 3AFor the possession and consumption of liquor in hotelsDittoDitto
6Form L 4Retail vend of foreign liquor in a restaurantDittoDitto
7Form L 5Retail vend of foreign liquor in a bar attached to a restaurant (Supplementary of Form L-4)DittoDitto
8Form L 6Retail vend of foreign liquor in a railway refreshment roomDittoDitto
9Form L 7Retail vend of foreign liquor in a railway dining carDittoDitto
10Form L 8Retail vend of foreign liquor off the premises (Supplementary to Nos.L-3,L-4, L6, and L-7),DittoDitto
11Form L 9Retail vend of foreign liquor in a military canteenCollectorDistrict Excise and Taxation Officer e
12Form L 10Retail vend of beer for consumption on and off the premisesDittoDitto
13Form L 11Bottling of foreign liquorExcise CommissionerDitto
14Form L 12Vend of medicated wineCollectorDitto
15Form L 12ATemporary license for the retail sale of foreign liquor at a bar in a theatre or cinema or in any other temporary place of recreationDittoDitto
16Form L 12BLicense for the retail vend of foreign liquor at a bar attached permanently to a theatre or cinema or other such place of entertainmentExcise CommissionerDitto
Country Spirit
1Form L 13Wholesale vend of country spiritCommissionerDitto
2Form L 14Retail vend of country spirit for consumption on the and off the premisesCollectorNot renewable
3Form L 14ARetail vend of country spirit for consumption off and on premisesDittoDitto
4Form L 14BRetail vend of country spirit at a fair or on a special occasionDittoDitto
5Form L 16Reducing of country spirit Denature SpiritCommissionerDitto
6Form L 17Vend of denatured spirit wholesale and / or retailCollectorDistrict Excise and Taxation Officer
7Form L 17ARetail vend of rectified spirit denatured with two percent Kerosene oil for use as motor fuelCollectorDistrict Excise and Taxation Office
8Form L 17BVend of Methyl Alcohol/Methanol wholesale and / or retailCollectorDistrict Excise and Taxation Office
Rectified Spirit
1Form L 19Vend of rectified spirit wholesale and/or retail
Country Fermented Liquor
1Form L 20AVend of TariExcise CommissionerDitto
2Form L 20BManufacture & retail vend of country fermented liquorCollectorNot renewable
3Form L 20CManufacture and possession of country fermented liquor for home consumptionDittoDistrict Excise and Taxation Office
4Form L 20DManufacture and possession of country fermented liquor for use on special occasion1st class CollectorDistrict Excise Officer or Excise Officer

Applicable Fee

The fees payable in respect of Punjab liquor licenses under these rules are of the following kind:

  • Fixed fees
  • Assessed fees
  • Auction Fees
  • Tender fees

The Fee for grant and renewal of the Punjab liquor license mentioned below will be charged at the rate indicated against each:

  • Grant of License in form L-2 [for the retail sale of liquor] – Rs. 5,000 (one time at the head of the account of License)
  • Renewal of License in Form L-2 [for the retail sale of liquor] – Rs. 1, 50,000 per annum

Exemption from Payment of Fee

A Punjab liquor license in form L-16 for the reduction of country spirit is exempted from payment.

Fixed and Assessed Fees

Punjab Liquor License in Form L-17

A license in form L-17 for vend of denatured spirit will be granted on fixed fees, in addition to the fee assessed according to the sale. The rates of fixed fees are given here: fees.

  • 5,000 per annum for a license for one year to possess a quantity of five hundred gallons at one time
  • 50,000 per annum for a license for one year to possess quantity exceeding five hundred gallons at one time

The assessment will be based on the following scale:

  • Twenty-two rupees per imperial gallon
  • Forty-four rupees per dozen quartz bottles, in possession of the license

Note: The fixed fee is payable in advance and the assessed fee will be recovered at the time of issue of the license in form L 32. No assessment fee will be charged with the quantity of denatured spirit on which such fee has already been recovered in Punjab.

A license in form L17 for the retail vend of rectified spirit denatured with two per cent kerosene for use as motor fuel shall be granted on payment of a fee of rupees five.

Punjab Liquor License in Form L-17 –B

A license in form L17-B for vend of Methyl Alcohol/Methanol will be granted on fixed fees in addition to the fee assessed according to the sale. The following are the rate of fixed fees:

  • 3000 per annum needs to be paid for a liquor license for one year to possess a quantity of 500 gallons at one time.

The assessment will be based on the following scale:

  • Twenty-two rupees per imperial gallons
  • Twenty-two rupees per dozen quart bottles, in possession of the licensee.

Note: The fixed fee is payable in advance, and the assessed fee will be recovered at the time of issue of the liquor permit in form L-32 A. Provided that no assessment fee will be charged with the quantity of Methyl Alcohol/Methanol on which such fee has already been recovered in Punjab.

Assessed Fees

The following Punjab liquor licenses are granted on assessed fees:

  • Wholesale and retail vend of the foreign liquor to the public only
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor in bars attached to a restaurant
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor in restaurants
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor to an expatriated employee
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor in hotels or dak bungalow
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor in the railway dining cars
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor in the railway refreshment rooms
  • Retail vend of foreign liquor at the bar attached permanently to a theatre or cinema or another such place of entertainment

Auction Fee

The following liquor licenses are granted on fee fixed by auction; the Excise Commissioner grants any license on payment of a fixed fee:

  • A liquor license for the retail vend of country spirit for consumption on any of the premises
  • A liquor license for the retail vend of country spirit for consumption off the premises
  • A liquor license for the retail vend of country spirit on special occasions
  • A license for the manufacture and retail vend of country fermented liquor

We have here with attached a document for Punjab Liquor license fee:Licences_Fees_GRANTING AUTHORITIES

Punjab Liquor License Application Procedure

The application procedure to obtain Punjab Liquor License is explained in step by step procedure here.

Step 1: To obtain Punjab Liquor license, you need to access the official website of Excise and Taxation Department. From the home page select the e-licensing option.

Image 1 Punjab Liquor License
Image 1 Punjab Liquor License

Step 2: The link will redirect to the new page. Select the application for other than a retail license from the drop-down menu under application Type.

Image 2 Punjab Liquor License
Image 2 Punjab Liquor License

Step 3: On selecting the application type, the application form for Grant of the new liquor license will be displayed. You need to provide the following details in the Punjab Liquor license application:

  • Applicant Details – Applicant Name and PAN Number
  • License Type Details – License Type, Pre-requisite license type, Subcategory, and Constitution of business
Image 3 Punjab Liquor License
Image 3 Punjab Liquor License

Step 4: On the selection of license type and Constitution of business from the drop-down menu, the application form for other details will be displayed.

  • Address of Proposed Business
  • Director’s Details
  • Permanent Residential Address
Image 4 Punjab Liquor License
Image 4 Punjab Liquor License

Step 5: After providing details you can review the application form by clicking on Review button shown under the bottom.

Step 6: Once the details are correct, you can click on the submit button. The link will redirect to e-payment page.

Step 7: You can pay the license online through net banking. Refer above document for fee details.

Step 8: After success payment of license fee, a slip with application number will be displayed, and the application will be forwarded to concerned authority login.

Note: You need to note the application number, which can be used for future reference.

Status of Application

The status of Punjab liquor license will be updated through mobile. You can also check the status through Excise and Taxation Department website. From the home page select ‘track your application’ option.

Image 5 Punjab Liquor License
Image 5 Punjab Liquor License

By providing the application number, the status of Punjab liquor license will be issued.

Get Punjab Liquor License

Once the concerned authority approves the request, the Punjab Liquor License will be digitally signed. The Tamil Nadu Factory license will be forwarded through registered mail ID.

The Punjab Liquor License will be dispatched through courier from respective office to applicant’s address if the delivery type is selected as speed post local or non-local.

Punjab Liquor License Renewal Procedure

Punjab Liquor License needs to be renewed not less than one month before the earliest day on which liquor license expires. The applicant has to apply for bar license renewal in the prescribed format to concerned authority as mentioned above.

Non-Renewal of the liquor license within the time limit may result in loss of eligibility for insurance coverage and appropriate legal action by Punjab Government, Excise Department or any other Department body.

The fee and procedure of renewal of Punjab Liquor License are same as explained above.

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