Q&As

Does an alcohol warehousing and distribution business need to have a premises licence for their warehouse?

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Produced in partnership with David Wilson of a2z licensing
Published on LexisPSL on 05/01/2017

The following Local Government Q&A produced in partnership with David Wilson of a2z licensing provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does an alcohol warehousing and distribution business need to have a premises licence for their warehouse?
  • Wholesale supplies or retail sales?
  • Wholesale supply
  • Retail sales

Does an alcohol warehousing and distribution business need to have a premises licence for their warehouse?

Wholesale supplies or retail sales?

The wholesale supply of alcohol, referred to as ‘controlled liquor’, is defined and regulated by the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (ALDA 1979) as a result of the insertion of Part 6A by the Finance Act 2015.

A sale of a controlled liquor is:

  1. the sale of a dutiable alcoholic liquor on which duty is charged under ALDA 1979 at a rate greater than nil, and

  2. the excise duty point for the liquor falls at or before the time of the sale

See ALDA 1979, s 88A(2).

Controlled liquor is sold wholesale if:

  1. the sale is of any quantity of liquor

  2. the seller is carrying on a trade or business and the sale is made in the course of that trade or business

  3. the sale is to a buyer carrying on a trade or business, for sale or supply in the course of that trade or business, and

  4. the sale is not an incidental sale, group sale or an excluded

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