In order to sell, offer to sell, or hold with the purpose to sell alcoholic drinks in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain the licence for the sale of intoxicating liquors (retailer’s licence and dealer’s licence) by the Municipality, within which the premises are located, or in any other case by the District Officer of the District, within the boundaries of which the premises are located.
A retailer’s licence is to be obtained in the case of retail sale of alcoholic drinks in specific premises or place for the consumption either inside or outside the premises/place. Moreover, a dealer’s licence is to be obtained in the case of selling alcoholic drinks, in any way other than retailing, within specific premises or place for consumption either inside or outside the premises/place.
The term “alcoholic drinks or indoxicating liquors” refers to alcohol and beverages containing alcohol of any mixture that are suitable or intended for or can be processed in order to be used as drinks, such as wines and beers.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to obtain the licence for the sale of intoxicating liquors (retailer’s licence or dealer’s licence) , provided that the Municipal Council or the District Officer is satisfied that the requirements set by different legislations of the Republic of Cyprus, applicable to the specific nature of the business activity are met, such as the obtainment of the licence for the operation of a catering and entertainment establishment issued by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the possession of a Clear Criminal Record Certificate.
The Application form for the issuance of the licence for the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors (Retailer's and Dealer's licence) can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office, depending on the location of the premises. The contact details of the local authorities are provided in related documents. The application form may vary according to the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office.
The application should be accompanied by the following documents, wherever applicable: