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Uganda - Obtain Enguli Licence

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  • Enguli is defined as any spirits manufactured in Uganda but does not include refined spirits (such as Uganda Waragi) or any other spirit.
  • The law prohibits the manufacture and consumption of Enguli if one does not have a Licence so for one to manufacture or sell, then he/ she must first have a Licence.
  • If a person doesn't have a Licence, then such a person should only sell the Enguli to one who has a valid Licence.
  • The Enguli Act (Manufacturing and Licensing Act) Cap 86 regulates the manufacture, licensing and sale of Enguli (spirits) manufactured in Uganda that are not refined spirits or spirits produced locally by an exclusive licensee.

The following are the steps prescribed to obtain Enguli Licence in Uganda

  1. Fill the application form for Enguli Licence.
  2. Attach the proof of payment for the Licence at such a rate as prescribed by the Minister.
  3. Attach the location where the sale or Manufacturing of the Enguli business is to take place.
  4. Indicate in a report the maximum quantity of Enguli to be produced per month.
  5. Indicate the collecting center at which the applicant shall offer the sale of Enguli.
  6. Attach any other relevant documents which the licensing board may require for proper carrying out of its function.
  7. Submit all the form and the attached documents to the central Licensing Board in Person.
  8. Wait for 14 working days for the decision of the Central Licensing Board to accept your application or refuse to grant the License.

Note: The Holder of Enguli Licence must comply with the following conditions Specified in the Licence:

  • Not buy or obtain in any way Enguli from any other person.
  • Not sell or dispose in any way any Enguli to any person other than the exclusive licensee.
  • Not manufacture any Enguli in any one month in excess of the quantity specified in his or her Licence.
  • Not hold in his or her possession any stock of Enguli in any one month in excess of the quantity applicant is permitted to manufacture for that particular month;
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Prescribed Application Form of Enguli Licence.
  • Proof of payment.
  • Particulars the licensing authority.
  • Report on specific premises where business is to take place.
  • Document on Date of sale and mount gallons rejected

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House, Kampala
P.O.Box 6848 Kampala Uganda
URSB General Line: +256 414 233 21
Call Center: +256 417 338 100
URSB Fax: +256 414 250 712
Website:Licensing portal

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A person to obtain Enguli Licence must fulfill the following.

  • Must have attained the apparent age of eighteen years ;( 18years).
  • Should have not been convicted of an offence under section 2 or 7(3)(a) of the Enguli Act within the period of two years immediately preceding the date of his or her application for the Enguli Licence;
  • The Applicant shouldn’t have been adjudged a bankrupt and has not, at the date of his or her application, been discharged, or has entered into a form of composition with his or her creditors; or
  • The applicant should hold a valid jaggery manufacturing Licence issued to him or her under the provisions of Part III of this Enguli Act.


Licence fees shall be based on the number of gallons of enguli permitted to be manufactured per month.


  • The Enguli Licence is Valid on quarterly basis or six-monthly or yearly in any one year.
  • shall come into force on the first day of the quarter or on the first day of the six-monthly period or on the first day of the year, as the case may be; and
  • shall expire on the last day of the quarter or on the last day of the six-monthly period or on the 31st December of the year, as the case may be.


  • This licence is valid until the end of the period of validity of the transferred licence or until the expiry of sixty days from the date of issue of this licence, whichever event first occurs.
  • The date of expiry should be inserted accordingly.

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing time is 7 working days.

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  • It is prohibited by Law in Uganda to manufacture, sale, of Enguli without Licence.
  • No person shall manufacture, sell or otherwise deal in Enguli without a Licence.
  • Have in his or her possession any Enguli without a Licence.
  • Have in his or her possession or under his or her management or control any apparatus used or intended to be used for the manufacture of Enguli without a Licence except under or by a virtue of a Licence issued to him or her under the Enguli Act.
  • No person shall consume Enguli without a Licence.
  • No person shall export Enguli without a Licence.

Required Information[edit]

  • Information on amount gallons to be sold per month.
  • Gallon permitted to be manufactured per month.

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Need for the Document[edit]

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  • Where in any one month the stock of Enguli exceeds the permitted quantity, the Applicant shall forthwith report the excess to the area licensing board which may permit him or her to dispose of the excess to the exclusive licensee to be offset against the quantity he or she is permitted to manufacture in the next succeeding month.
  • Where it is satisfied that a Licence is lost or destroyed, a licensing authority shall on payment of the prescribed fee, issue a duplicate of the Licence to the licensee.
  • Where a licensee who has obtained a duplicate Licence under this section recovers the original Licence, he or she shall surrender the duplicate to the licensing authority, and if the licensee fails to do so he or she commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 200 shillings.
  • The provisions on the liquor Licence are out dated. If these Licence were enforced, they would curtail business activity without necessarily serving any regulatory purpose. For instance, the hours of sale of liquor are unnecessarily restricted.
  • The act provides that a Licence which authorizes the sale of intoxicating liquor by retail shall, unless a condition to the contrary is imposed on the Licence by the licensing authority, authorize such sale on Sundays as well as on other days.
  • Further, a Licence which authorizes the sale of intoxicating liquor by wholesale shall authorize the sale subject to the provisions of the Shop Hours Act.
  • This provision like the Shop hours Act is archaic. The hours of operation of a shop restrict the doing of business. In practice, many shops countrywide are open outside these hours of operation which is encouraged to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s economy.
  • Regulatory aspects relating to liquor can be dealt with under other law regulating product quality, traffic and road safety regulation and child protection provisions.
  • In addition, the Act introduces a multiplicity of Licence strict adherence to which would mean that many of the businesses involved in any way in the sale of liquor would need more than one Licence at any one time.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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