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Delhi Liquor  License Rule
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Delhi Liquor Licence Rules, 1976

These rules may be called the Delhi Liquor Licence Rules, 1976. These rules shall come into force at once.


Details of Licences


I -- Indian Made Foreign Liquor


Wholesale licensee of Indian Made Foreign Liquor


Retail vend of Indian Made Foreign Liquor/Beer.


Service of liquor in a hotel (to the residents in their rooms).


It is granted to independent restaurants for service of liquor.


Service of  liquor in a bar/restaurant attached to a hotel.


Retail vend of foreign liquor in a bar/dining car in a luxury train.


Retail vend of Indian Made Foreign Liquor in duty free shop.


Retail vend of foreign liquor in duty free shops off the premises.


Retail vend of Indian Made Foreign Liquor in a military canteen.


II - Country Liquor


Wholesale licensee of country liquor.


Retail vend of country liquor and 50 degree under proof rum for consumption "off" the premises. 


III - Denatured & Special Denatured Spirit


Wholesale and/ or retails vend of denatured spirit to public only.


Wholesale vend of denatured spirit to trade only.


Bonded warehouse licence for import and storage in bond of denatured spirit for wholesale to trade only.


Bonded warehouse licence for import and storage of in bond of special denatured spirit.


IV - Rectified Spirit


Retail vend of rectified spirit to public only.


Wholesale vend of rectified spirit to trade only.


Bonded warehouse licence for import in bond and storage of rectified spirit for wholesale to trade only.


V – Special


Extension of hours during which sale is permitted.


Retail vend of foreign liquor at a club (bonafide or proprietary).


for service of liquor in bars/restaurants in a club whose membership is restricted to Govt.servants only


temporary arrangements for service of liquor are required inside the licensed premises of L-3, L-4, L-5, L-19 and L-19 A


Permits for possessing more than the individual possession limit approved


Service of liquor in a party hosted anywhere in Delhi


Private owned retail liquor vends


license for retail sale of beer and mixed alcoholic beverages in departmental stores

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  • Liquor is a liquid intoxicant, deriving its intoxicating potency from the ethyl alcohol in it. Liquor can be divided into three broad categories, namely Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), Beer and Country Liquor. Hard liquors broadly have an alcohol content of and above 20% and denote Whisky, Rum, Brandy, the white spirits like Gin and Vodka and also include Country Liquor. Soft liquors have a range of 4-20% of alcohol and include Beer, Cidar, Wines and Liqueurs.
  • Liquor making starts with the process of fermentation, followed by brewing or distillation, latter in case of hard liquors. Raw material for fermentation usually differs from liquor to liquor and is corn or malt in case of Whisky, molasses in case of Rum and Country liquor, grapes in case of Brandies and Wines, any starchy substance for Gin and Vodka and barley for Beer. The raw material can differ also depending upon the availability or abundance in that area. Eventually it is the flavour that marks the liquor for its variety as well as quality.
In Indian markets most prominent segment of liquor consumed by the middle classes, is the Indian Made Foreign Liquor, which covers most liquor, barring beer and country liquor, and is available in glass or sometimes plastic bottles. Beer is also available in glasses filled through dedicated taps dispensing what is known as draught beer. Most Indian beer is Lager that is it can be stored for some time. and all of them use a herb, known as hops, for flavouring. Liquors from which sugar content has been chemically reduced are termed as "dry". Country Liquor is generally in the range of 25% of alcohol and also available in glass bottles only. Wines in India are available in red or white variety, with pink almost non existing. Champagne, generally a ceremonial drink, also known as sparking wine, is generally off-white and is fizzy because of its carbonation at the time of bottling. Liqueurs are concentrated syrups, available in myriad flavours, and are usually taken without dilution after major meals.



Do's & Don't As a part of its policy to provide safe and quality liquor to the consumers in Delhi, the Excise Department has formulated the following do's & don't which they follow very strictly in regulating and controlling the sale of liquor in the NCT of Delhi.

·         Licence cannot be granted to a person who is not assessed to income tax.

·         No licensee shall employ any person suffering from an infectious or contagious disease.

·         The business premises of a licensee shall be kept closed on  dry days applicable on him.

·         The hours for the sale of liquor shall be such as may be specified in an order by the Excise Commissioner. 

·         The licensee shall prominently display in front of his shop a signboard showing the retail price of each brand of liquor to be charged by him.

·   Always buy liquor from authorized liquor shop.

·        The consumers while buying liquor from authorized liquor shop must ensure that the bottle is marked “for sale in Delhi only.”

·        The liquor from army canteen is meant only for army personnel and not for general public

·        No individual should possess liquor at one time more than the prescribed limit without special permit.

·        Always check seal of the bottle and insist on cash memo while buying liquor from the shop.

·        Do not pay more than MRP printed on the bottle.

·        If one is traveling to Delhi from outside state, one should not possess more than one unsealed liquor bottle of 750 ml.

·        Do not service liquor at unlicensed premises.

·        Do not buy liquor from illegal sources.

·        Do not buy if you are below 25 years of age.

·        No person is eligible for grant of license if he has been declared insolvent by any court of Delhi or who is declared insane or who is below 25 years of age or is convict declared by any court for any non-bailable offence.

·        No person shall permit or publish in any newspaper/book/leaflet matter soliciting the use of or offering any liquor.

·        No person shall have in his possession any quantity of any intoxicant, knowing the same to have been unlawfully imported, transported, manufactured, cultivated /collected or knowing prescribed duty not to have been paid thereon.  

·          No person should be employed at any licensed premises either with or without remuneration any male under the age of 25 years or any female in part of such premises in which liquor or intoxicating drug is consumed by the public.

  • Consumption and service of liquor at public places is completely banned.
  • Consumption of liquor is injurious to health.



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