Information about the Basic Licences
Every year Government of Delhi formulates the Excise Policy and in pursuance to this policy all the liquor Licences (L-1) are granted for the wholesale vending to a Company or a society or a partnership firm or proprietorship firm provided the applicant owns distillery / breweries / manufacturing units/bottling plants.
The applications for the grant of Licence are invited through the public notice published in some of the leading newspapers. An application for the grant of L-1 Licence is required to be made in response to the public notice in the prescribed format together with its Appendices ('B' and 'C') to the Collector of Excise. The prime job of L-1 Licensee is to supply liquor to the holders of L-2, L-3, L-4, L-5, L-19 and L-19 A licences in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The aspirants for the grant of L-1 Licences have to comply with the procedure as laid down in the terms and conditions for the grant of L-1 Licences which are made available in the Office during the notice period. The applicant has to submit the following documents alongwith the application on the prescribed format :
The IMFL/beer brands proposed to be sold by applicant on L-1 Licence should be owned by the distillery and in respect of IMFL brands excluding wine, the applicant should be in possession of trade mark certificate in respect of these brands. However, if the applicant has sold any IMFL brands in Delhi in the year 1993-94 or in previous years, TMC is not required in such cases.
In addition, for approval of whisky and rum brands, such brands should have sold a prescribed minimum quantity in All India Market excluding Delhi as indicated in the terms and conditions. For the year 2003-2004 the minimum sale criteria as per maximum retail price for each quarts bottle are given below:-
NOTE : For Gin, Brandy, Vodka, Wine and Liqueur brands, no minimum sale criteria has been fixed.
Once the licence is approved, the applicant is required to have a Bonded Warehouse approved for storage of liquor. Broadly speaking the applicant immediately on the approval of L-1 Licence has to deposit Licence Fee, Brand registration fee and Brand Fee & apply for the following :-
Number of L-1 licensee
L-2 Licence for retail vend of foreign liquor/beer are granted only to selected undertakings of the Delhi government namely DTTDC, DSIDC, DSCSC and DCCWS. Any proposal in respect of premises for opening of a vend would come from above Corporations. As such an individual who wants to give his premises on rent for opening of vend has to approach any of these corporations, which after looking into suitability of the premises approach the office of the Commissioner of Excise for grant of L-2 licence in respect of the premises.
Broadly any premises to be suitable for opening of liquor vend should meet the following requirement :-
If the proposed premises meet the above requirement and found suitable, the grant of L-2 Licence is approved and the concerned Corporation is required to deposit Rs. 1,00,000/- as licence fee before issue of licence. At present shops are in operation all over Delhi. License fee can be deposited on pro rata basis in quarterly terms.
These vends sell IMFL/Beer brands at rates fixed by the Excise Commissioner. Retail sale rate are printed on labels of IMFL and beer bottles. At present, while cheapest IMFL is sold in Delhi for Rs 90/ bottle, high priced scotch brands are available upto Rs. 1520/quart. Lager beer brands are sold in price range of Rs. 25/- to Rs. 40/bottle.
Number of L-2 Licensee
On site Consumption Licences :
Department grants licence to hotels which are holding star classification and approval of Department of Tourism, Govt. of India which are considered necessary for grant of Licence in form L-3. L-3 license empowers the hotel for service of foreign liquor to the residents in their rooms.
These hotels can also seek separate Licence in form L-5 for service of liquor in exclusive bar and in the restaurant / bar in the hotel premises. The service of liquor is restricted to specified premises of bar and restaurant only. The hotel is required to submit application on its letter head accompanied by the following documents :-
The applicant hotel is required to submit application to the Commissioner of Excise. After scrutiny of the papers submitted and the same having been found to be in accordance with the rules, the hotel premises is inspected by the concerned Excise Officer from the department who submits report to the licence granting authority. The inspection as above is to determine status of the premises under the Excise rules particularly w.r.t. rule 11 of the Delhi Intoxicants Licence and Sales Rules, 1976 which provides that :-
"No liquor shop for consumption 'on' the premises shall be located within a distance of 75 metres from the following, namely :-
major educational institutions
hospitals with fifty beds and above
– I : For the purpose
of clause (a) above, major educational institutions would mean middle
and higher secondary schools, colleges and other institutions of
higher learning recognized by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi or the
Government of India.
– II : For the purpose of clause (b) above, a religious place would
imply a religious place having a pucca structure with a covered area
of more than 400 square feet.
– III : The measurement of distance shall be from the mid-point of
the actual main entrance/door of the premises proposed for licence to
mid-point of the actual main door/entrance of the building of the
places mentioned in clauses (a), (b) and (c) above.”
Once the hotel has been
found to be suitable for grant of licence, the views of
the public/residents are invited on the proposal giving
them 7 days time in this regard to file objections before
the licensing authority. This is done through pasting of
notices and also through public announcement in the area.
After no objection has been received, the competent
authority proceeds with approval for grant of licence.
After approval, the hotel is required to submit fees as
prescribed under the rules. On deposit of the same,
licence is issued to the hotel. L-5 Licence for exclusive
bar/restaurant within the hotel is granted in conjunction
with L-3 Licence only and requirements listed above also
apply for grant of L-5 Licence.
No of Hotels having L-3/L-5 issued
L-3 License Fee
L-3( Service of foreign liquor in a hotel to the residents in their rooms)
L-5 License Fee
(Service of foreign Liquor in a bar or restaurant attached to a hotel)
As per above stated Notification No the rate of L-5 License fee is as under
L-4 Licence is granted
to an independent restaurant approved by Department of
Tourism, Govt. of India. Such restaurants can apply in
the office of the Commissioner of Excise in prescribed
form and submit documents as indicated in the application
form. The restaurant should be situated in commercial
area with adequate parking space. The restaurant has to
meet the requirement of rule 11 of Delhi Intoxicants
Licence & Sales Rules, 1976 as quoted in case of
L-3/L-5 Licences conditions. Rest of the procedure for
the grant of Licence is the same as indicated in case of
OF DOCUMENTS FOR L-4 LICENCE
i Approval of
DOT, Govt. of India.
Memorandum and Articles of
Association/Certificate of Incorporation/ Partnership deed etc.
Proof of lawful possession of the
Copy of Income Tax Clearance
v. Copy of Sales Tax Registration./Latest Asst Order
Eating House License from DCP(Licencing)
Trade Licence issued by MCD/NDMC
NOC from Fire Department provided the
height of the premises is more than 15 metres.
Affidavits in the prescribed proformas.
Details of Yearwise L-4 Licenses
L-19 licence is granted to a club registered with the Registrar of
Firms/Registrar of Cooperative Societies, for service of foreign
liquor to its members only subject to provisions of Punjab Excise Act,
1914 as extended to the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the
rules framed thereunder and instructions issued from time to time.
eligible club can apply for grant of L-19 licence in the prescribed
proforma with the required documents.
LIST OF DOCUMENTS FOR GRANT OF L-19/L-19 A LICENCE FOR CLUB
i. Memorandum and Articles of Association
ii. Certificate of registration with the Registrar of firms or society
iii. Copy of Resolution duly passed by managing committee to have L-19 licence in club premises.
iv. Resolution regarding meeting of the liabilities of the Clubs
v. List of office Bearers and list of Members.
vi. Specific site plan showing liquor service area and store
vii. Fire safety certificate
viii Proof of lawful possession of the premises
ix Eating house licence from D.C.P(Licensing) of the area.
Grant of L-19A License
L-19A license is granted for service of Liquor/Beer at a club/mess whose membership is exclusively for Government Servants and is not run on commercial lines. The documents/procedure required for granting L-19A License is similar to the grant of L-19 license.
L-19 License Fee
The following is the fee structure for L-19 License:-
L-19A License Fee
The license fee for L-19A license is fixed to Rs 5000/- p.a. irrespective of the number of members of the club.
Rest of the procedure with regard to the grant of Licence is the same as indicated in respect of L-3/L-5 Licence.
Liquor being an
exciseable article can not be stored by a person like any
general commodity. Possession limit has therefore been prescribed.
individual person can possess at his residence alcoholic beverages
within the prescribed limit for bonafide consumption by him and by
members of his family or his guests. The present possession limit is
given below: -
Foreign liquor whether imported or made
Beer/wine (mild drinks) whether imported or
made in India
Note : An individual is allowed to carry one unsealed bottle of 750 ml. while entering into the National Capital
Territory of Delhi from other States.
For Permission of possessing Liquor in excess of Normal Possession Limit one has to apply for L-49.
Temporary Licence for service of liquor in Parties/functions/Conferences
Licence is required by an individual for serving liquor to his guests
and family members at his residence provided the liquor served is
within permissible possession limit
II FOR LICENSEES ALLOWED FOR ONSITE CONSUMPTION
– LICENCE (L-20)
L-20 licence is granted to
licenced hotels, restaurants and clubs for service of foreign liquor
inside/outside their licensed premises on temporary basis for hosting
a function on a specific day.
eligible hotel, restaurant and club can apply for grant of L-20
licence in the prescribed proforma after depositing Rs 3000/- as licence
The prescribed proforma required for grant of L-20 licence (click here).
AT ANY OTHER PREMISES - LICENCE (L-49A)
L-49 A licence can be obtained on payment of Rs. 3,000/- for service of liquor in any party, function, marriage etc. at a specific premises anywhere in Delhi excluding public parks subject to the following conditions: -
· The area is screened off from public view;
· Liquor is served to adults above 25 years of age;
· Liquor is procured from authorized source in Delhi. (the license holder must be having the bill in original issued by retail liquor vend in Delhi from where the liquor has been procured).
An individual/organization can apply for grant of L-49 A licence in the prescribed proforma. This licence can be obtained from the window at the Excise Department or from the specified liquor vends.
The prescribed proforma required for grant of L-49 A licence (click here).
The details of the liquor vends authorised to issue L-49A licences (click here)
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