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Procedure[edit]


Apply in Person

  1. Start by visiting the County Councils Business Licensing Offices to make your application for the liquor license. You may also visit a Huduma centre so as to initiate the application process.
  2. Depending on the nature or type of your application, you will be given one of the following application forms to complete.
  3. You should fill the required information and attach the documents to the application form. These include  :-
    (a). Registered Business name
    (b). Physical address.
    (c). Business identification number,
    (d). Copy of certificate of incorporation,
    (e). National ID/Asylum Pass/ Passport No/ Alien ID
  4. After submission of the application form, a licensing officer will visit your business premises to carry out inspections, so as to determine if your premise is suitable for the nature of the license you are applying for.
  5. The information obtained by the inspection visit, will be table down for deliberation by the directorate so as to determine also determine the fees to charge for the license and approval of the license.
    • Where the directorate after considering the application will indicate in writing whether it objects to the grant of the license applied for.
    • Where the directorate has no objection to the application, it shall grant a license to the applicant upon payment of the prescribed fee.
  6. Pay the prescribed application fee. The fee varies depending on the nature of license you want to apply for. The fees are as follows.
    (i). General retail alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
    (ii). General retail alcoholic drink licence (off Licence), Ksh. 24,000.00
    (iii). Brewer’s alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000,000.00
    (iv). Wholesale alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
    (v). Import alcoholic drink licence (wholesale) , Ksh. 1,000,000.00
    (vi). Bottler's alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 250,000.00
    (vii). Distributor alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
    (viii). Hotel alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
    (ix). Restaurant alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 30,000.00
    (x). Club alcoholic drink licence (members' club) , Ksh. 100,000.00
    (xi). Supermarket and franchised retail stores alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 80,000.00
    (xii). Theatre alcoholic drink licence. , Ksh. 15,000.00
    (xiii). Traveller's alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 30,000.00
    (xiv). Railway restaurant car alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 5,000.00
    (xv). Steamship alcoholic drink licence, , Ksh. 30,000.00
    (xvi). Temporary or occasional alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000.00
    (xvii). For transferring an alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000.00
    (xviii). For removing an alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000.00
  7. After making the payments, the liquor license signed and you will be advised to collect it from the dispatch office.
  8. Once you have acquired the license , display it on your business premises as the law requires

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Required Documents[edit]


  1. Identification card.
  2. PIN certificate
  3. Health certificate (Department of Health Services clearance)
  4. Fire clearance.
  5. NACADA certificate
  6. KEBS certificate

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


47 counties of Kenya

NACADA
HEADQUARTERS CONTACTS
NSSF Building 18th Floor,
Eastern Wing, Block A
P.O. Box 10774 - 00100 Nairobi
Phone: +254 202721997 .
E-mail: [email protected]
Website :NACADA


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Eligibility[edit]


  • A persons intending to manufacture or otherwise produce any alcoholic drink.
  • A persons intending to operate an establishment for the sale of an alcoholic drink.
  • A persons intending to import or export any alcoholic drink.

Fees[edit]


General retail alcoholic drink licence
(a). In respect of premises situate within a City or a municipality Ksh 50,000 for 12 months license and Ksh 30,000 for a six month license.
(b). In respect of premises situate within urban areas other than city and municipality Ksh 30,000 for 12 months license and Ksh 18,000 for a six month license.
(c). In respect of premises situate elsewhere than in a city, municipality and urban areas Ksh 15,000 for 12 months license and Ksh 9,000 for a six month license.

Validity[edit]


  • The license is valid for one year and is renewed thereafter.

Documents to Use[edit]



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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]


  • Process takes 30 working days

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Instructions[edit]

Please provide other instructions related to the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.


Required Information[edit]


  1. Name of applicant
  2. Physical and postal address of applicant
  3. Name by which the premises is known
  4. Type of license applied for
  5. Type of business (Sole proprietorship / Partnership/Limited Liability Company)
  6. Business registration number.

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Need for the Document[edit]


  • No person shall keep for sale, offer for sale or sell liquor except under the authority of a license or permit to sell liquor or under the authority of a manufacturer’s license.
  • No person shall canvass for, receive or solicit orders for the sale of liquor unless the person is the holder of a license or permit to sell liquor or unless the person is the holder of a license to represent a manufacturer.

Information which might help[edit]


  • Where an applicant fails to submit all documents or information required under these Regulations, the District Committee may reject the application and inform the applicant, in writing, of the rejection.
  • Where the District Committee rejects an application due to incomplete or insufficient information, the rejection shall not, bar the applicant from resubmitting the application.
  • Upon the completion of the application process, the District Committee shall, if it is satisfied that the applicant has complied with the requirements under these Regulations, issue a licence to the applicant.
  • A licensee shall notify the District Committee of his intention to change the name or contact address he filed with the District Committee at least thirty days before effecting such change.
  • A licensee shall make an application for the renewal of his licence in accordance with the procedure set out in the licensing regulation Act
  • The District Committee may inspect or investigate matters relating to the quality of service, of a licensee from time to time to ensure compliance or carry out any other visits or inspections pursuant to the Act.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.


External Links[edit]


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Others[edit]


Type of Licence and fees
  1. General retail alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
  2. General retail alcoholic drink licence (off Licence) , Ksh. 24,000.00
  3. Brewer’s alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000,000.00
  4. Wholesale alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
  5. Import alcoholic drink licence (wholesale) , Ksh. 1,000,000.00
  6. Bottler's alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 250,000.00
  7. Distributor alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
  8. Hotel alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 50,000.00
  9. Restaurant alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 30,000.00
  10. Club alcoholic drink licence (members' club) , Ksh. 100,000.00
  11. Supermarket and franchised retail stores alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 80,000.00
  12. Theatre alcoholic drink licence. , Ksh. 15,000.00
  13. Traveller's alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 30,000.00
  14. Railway restaurant car alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 5,000.00
  15. Steamship alcoholic drink licence, , Ksh. 30,000.00
  16. Temporary or occasional alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000.00
  17. For transferring an alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000.00
  18. For removing an alcoholic drink licence , Ksh. 1,000.00