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How to Obtain a Liquor License in Singapore

Updated on Monday 18th December 2017

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How-to-obtain-a-liquor-license-in-SingaporeLocal and foreign enterprisers who want to start businesses in Singapore can open companies in various industries which are performing quite well at the moment. One of these industries is the beverages one, as it offers numerous investment opportunities. From companies for the manufacture of drinks to bars, young entrepreneurs have plenty of choices. The common factor for all types of beverage businesses is the Singapore liquor license.

The law providing for how to obtain a liquor license in Singapore is the Liquor Control Act. Our Singapore company formation consultants can offer information on the legislation related to obtaining a liquor license.

Types of liquor licenses in Singapore

Enterprisers who want to open bars in the city-state, for example, are required to apply for a liquor license after the Singapore company formation process is completed. They can choose from one of the following classes of liquor licenses:

  • -          the 1st class public house license which is available for companies serving alcoholic beverages between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.;
  • -          the 2nd class public house license which is available for Singapore companies serving alcoholic drinks between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.;
  • -          the beer house license which allows the serving of beer between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.;
  • -          the retail liquor shop license which provides for the sale of alcoholic drinks between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.;
  • -          the retail beer shop license which allows the sale of beer between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.;
  • -          the wholesale liquor shop and the wholesale beer shop license which is for distributors of alcoholic drinks, respectively beer and which allows the sale of such drinks between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Under the new Liquor Control Act, Singapore bars can also have terraces for which an outdoor beer house license must be obtained. The hours for trading beer in such establishment are defined on a case-to-case basis.

Our company registration agents in Singapore can assist foreign investors interested in starting a bar in the city-state.

Documents related to applying for a Singapore liquor license

The liquor license is a special license issued by the Singapore Police Force. The following documents are required when applying for a liquor license in Singapore:

  • -          the certificate of registration of the company;
  • -          the planning permission issued by the Urban Redevelopment Authority;
  • -          the licenses issued by the authorities in charge with inspecting the premises of the company;
  • -          the residence or work permit in the case of a foreign investor.

It takes about 2 weeks for a company to receive the liquor license from the Singapore Police Force.

For more information on how to obtain a liquor license, please contact our company formation advisors in Singapore.



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