Liquor is a distilled or spirituous beverage, as brandy or whiskey, as distinguished from a fermented beverage, as wine or beer.
Apply in Person
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.
Depending on the nature or type of your application, you will be given one of the following application forms to complete.
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
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.
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.
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
After making the payments, the liquor license signed and you will be advised to collect it from the dispatch office.
Once you have acquired the license , display it on your business premises as the law requires
- Identification card.
- PIN certificate
- Health certificate (Department of Health Services clearance)
- Fire clearance.
- NACADA certificate
- KEBS certificate
Office Locations & Contacts
NSSF Building 18th Floor,
Eastern Wing, Block A
P.O. Box 10774 – 00100 Nairobi
Phone: +254 202721997 .
How much is a bar license in Kenya?
The prices for various licences are as follows; General retail alcoholic drink licence Ksh50,000, general retail alcoholic drink licence (off licence) Ksh24,000, brewer’s alcoholic drink licence Ksh1,000,000 and a bottler’s alcoholic drink licence at Ksh250,000.
How can I open a liquor store in Kenya?
- Register with eCitizen (FREE) This is a one-stop portal for accessing most Kenyan government services.
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