Liquor licensing renewal deadline nears

Liquor licensing holders, including those holding music and dancing licenses, have until Aug. 14 to renew the licenses.

According to a reminder notice issued by government on Wednesday, “Licensees are reminded that their premises should be inspected by the relevant government agencies – the Fire Service, Environmental Health and Port Authority – before the 14 August deadline. To avoid processing delays, these reports should be submitted along with the renewal applications.”

The statement points out that even if these agencies’ inspection reports are unavailable by the deadline, liquor licensing renewal applications still must be submitted to the Liquor Licensing Board by Aug. 14.

It also notes that all inspections by the Planning Department have been suspended until further notice. Liquor Licensing Board Secretary Marva Scott said the Planning Department suspended inspections on June 30 and is currently reviewing its inspection process.

Ms. Scott said the review process was supposed to have been completed by July 7, and in the event that the process has not been completed by the time the board meets in September, the board will then make a decision as to how to proceed.

Renewal applications have been mailed to each license holder and copies are also available from the Liquor Licensing Board counter at the Government Administration Building.

Renewal applicants may contact Liquor Licensing Board Secretary Marva Scott on 244-3168 for more information.