Frequnently Asked Quation's about Liquor Licence
A liquor permit is essential to drink—even at home. It’s issued by the Excise Department.
You need to be at least 25 years old to consume liquor (strong beer, whiskey, vodka, rum and any other liquors with higher levels of alcohol).
But you can drink mild beer (alcohol percentage of up to 5 percent), after turning 21 without the permit.
The department has given restaurants the authority to issue a day’s permit for Rs 5 for most types of alcohol. For country liquor, the fee is Rs 2.
|Type||Units Allowed||Single Unit(ml)|
|Spirits (IMFL, imported)||12||1000|
|Other liquids containing alcohol||12||1000|
No. That’s because taxes on liquor vary with states. Alcohol outside the state may be cheaper and in that case, Maharashtra stands to lose revenue.
Yes, if it’s beyond the prescribed limits. You can argue that it’s their private property but if the department receives a complaint, they have to check.
A day’s licence is needed to serve alcohol. For a small family party with eight to 10 people, it’s okay not to get one—but there shouldn’t be any complaints. If it’s a “grand” event in a building compound, terrace, lawns, etc. where alcohol will be served, you need the licence.
Approach the Excise Department’s area officer, who will inspect the premises and sign a map. That map must be uploaded on the Excise Department’s website for registration along with photographs, and address and ID proof. This one-time process generates an ID and a password, which can be used to generate a temporary licence, even in future.
No. It’s for self-consumption. You can’t serve it in your parties or anywhere else.
If a party is organised without permission, a criminal case can be registered, the host can be arrested and the liquor seized. The court decides the charges and the penalty.
The police or the Excise Department? Any action related to alcohol is taken by the Excise Department.
Yes, if you are purchasing alcohol for anyone else, possessing it or transporting it. If you are not doing any of those things, then you do not need a license.
No, the permit is for the purchase, possession, transport, use and consumption in the state of Maharashtra. However, you may try to get a daily consumption permit for the days you are there from the vendor, based on the address and proof of identity.
No, this licence is only valid for consumption and transport. For industrial storage and sale, you need to get license from an excise person.
No use, as a permit allows you to consume liquor in private place, not public. You will be breaking the law.
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