Licensing & Alcohol in Ireland

Complaince with licseing law in Ireland requires an knowledge and what is often a complex combination of legislative Acts, Statutory Instruments and regulations, often concerning more than the sale of alcohol itself.

At M.P. Moloney we identify the areas of applicable law that are not readily advised to clients reviewing matters themselves or with parties who do not have the experience to anticipate problems or priorities that may should be addressed in advance of investing capital into any project. The financial benefit to your business is significant where the hidden costs of your business venture can be identified and quantified at the outset.

We have acted in numerous licensing and alcohol matters and the sale of food and drink all over Ireland. A summary of the matters we have acted in is as follows:

  • Advising, acquiring, transfer and sale of Seven Day Ordinary On Licences for pubs
    Music, singing and dancing licenses for bars, public houses and night clubs
    Monthly late night Exemptions for pubs and clubs
    Late night Extensions for registered members clubs
    Wine Retailers on Licence for restaurants
    Restaurant Certificates for restaurants, bars and public houses authorising the sale of food and beer
    Special Restaurant Certificates
    Retailers off Licences for wine, beer an spirits
    Extensions and variations of licensed areas in pubs and clubs
    Bonded warehousing for wholesale retail of alcohol
    Renewals, complaints and prosecutions.
    Festivals licensing and bar agreements.


In Ireland alcohol licenses are renewed every year, in September/October. Every renewing party will needs a valid Tax Clearance Certificate from the Irish Revenue Commissioners confirming that its tax affairs are up to date. Many renewals involve a Court application. Each application is individual and some are complex in terms of the documents that will be required. A failure to prepare and file the required documents in time for the annual application will result in delay in the renewal of th elicence in question and will impact on your business. We advise and assist with all types of licensing renewal.

All business must by law have a licence to sell alcohol in Ireland. Operating without a proper licence will result in prosecution for breach by the Authorities and may impair that business securing an appropriate licence after such prosecution.

Certain other business activities also require a licence e.g. sale of cigarettes and tobacco related products. Auctioneer firms, Estate Agents or Lettings Management Agencies were always subject to the grant and renewal of a licence but are now regulated by the Property Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland.

From the outset of your plans to start, acquire or invest in any business you should meet with us to review your plans and advise on your licensing requirements and best strategy. We can help you ensure your monthly and annual licensing obligations are correctly looked after.

The best financial plan always involves proper advice and consultation. You can rely on our expertise and experience. We agree the costs before we undertake work on your behalf so there are no surprises.

Martin Moloney