In order to sell, offer to sell, or hold with the purpose to sell alcoholic drinks in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain the license for the sale of intoxicating liquors (retailer’s licence and dealer’s license) by the Municipality, within which the premises are located, or in any other case by the District Officer of the District, within the boundaries of which the premises are located.
A retailer’s license is to be obtained in the case of retail sale of alcoholic drinks in specific premises or place for the consumption either inside or outside the premises/place. Moreover, a dealer’s license is to be obtained in the case of selling alcoholic drinks, in any way other than retailing, within specific premises or place for consumption either inside or outside the premises/place.
The term “alcoholic drinks or intoxicating liquors” refers to alcohol and beverages containing alcohol of any mixture that are suitable or intended for or can be processed in order to be used as drinks, such as wines and beers.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to obtain the license for the sale of intoxicating liquors, provided that the Municipal Council or the District Officer is satisfied that the requirements set by different laws of Cyprus, applicable to the specific nature of the business activity are met.
The Application for Selling Alcoholic Drinks can be submitted directly through the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office, depending on the location of the premises. The application form may vary according to the local Municipal Council or the District Administration Office.
The application should be accompanied by the following documents, wherever applicable:
1.Original Clear Criminal Record Certificate;
2.Copy of the Building Permit and Certificate of Approval (in case the premises are located in a district);
3.Copy of the license for the operation of a catering and entertainment establishment issued by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (in case the premises concern catering and entertainment establishments and in case the premises are located);
4.Copy of the Certificate of Appropriateness issued by the Public Works Department, after the necessary deliberations with the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Works, the Cyprus Fire Service and the Police (in case of discotheque, live music entertainment establishments, hotels, cabarets, amusement parks located in a District);
5.Copy of the Sanitary Certificate issued by the Medical Services and Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health (in case the premises are located in a District).
Onsite inspections are carried out in order to ensure the suitability of the premises and that the relevant legislations are met. It is noted that, during the examination of the application, the Municipal Council requests the opinion of the District Officer, the Cyprus Tourism Organization, the Police, the Technical Service of the Municipality and the Health Service of the Municipality.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval of the application, the applicant needs to pay the relevant fees depending on the type of premises (Licence fees by category), to the local Municipal Council / District Administration Office accordingly.
The licence for the sale of intoxicating liquors (retailer’s license and dealer’s license) is valid until the 12th of the first March following the date of issue. In the case of a Municipal Council, the licence is renewed by following the same procedure as described above. In the case of a District, the application for the renewal of the license for selling alcoholic drinks is to be submitted.
Obligations & Supervision
Licensed persons to sell intoxicating liquors are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors (Spirits) Law (Cap 144) and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended, as well as with the terms and conditions of the license set by the Municipal Council or District Officer.
Indicatively, licensed persons to sell alcoholic drinks are obliged to comply with the following:
• the sale of alcoholic drinks to person under the age 17 It is prohibited;
• all the bottles that include alcohol should remain sealed and should have the inscription as originally imported;
• any transport of alcoholic drinks from any dealer or retailer within a container other than the original container is prohibited.
Authorized officers of the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office may inspect the place, for which the license has been issued, in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations, as well as with the terms and conditions of the license.