A temporary or permanent license is issued to a person or body corporate, to sell liquor.

Process

NEW LIQUOR LICENCE (FORM A)

Step 1:  Collect “New” Application Form A from any of the Inland Revenue Department locations or print form online.

Step 2:  Complete the application form and submit to the Inland Revenue Department, Police Department, Magistrate Court, Fire Department, Town and Country Planning, Environmental Health & Trade Department.

Step 3:  State intention to sell intoxicating liquor in two consecutive publications of any newspaper published in the B.V.I., at least two weeks prior to licensing day.

Step 4:  On licensing day applicant must appear before the Magistrate, who will make a determination as to whether or not a licence will be granted. The necessary supporting documents must also be available for the Magistrate to review.

Step 5:  Successful applicants will be issued a certificate specific to the type of licence granted.

Step 6:  The applicant is to present the Certificate and prescribed fee to the Inland Revenue Department, which will then issue a licence.

Step 7:  A Government receipt will be issued and payment is immediately reflected on the account.
 

RENEWAL LIQUOR LICENCE (FORM A)

Ste1:  Collect Renewal Application Form "A" from any of the Inland Revenue Department locations or print form online.

Step 2:  Complete the application form and submit to the Inland Revenue Department, Police Department and Magistrate Court.

Step 3:  On licensing day the applicant does not have to appear at court hearing however, supporting documents must accompany application to the Magistrate.  The Magistrate will make a determination as to whether or not the renewal will be granted. 

Step 4:  Successful applicants will be issued a certificate specific to the type of license granted.

Step 5:  The applicant is to present the Certificate and prescribed fee to the Inland Revenue Department, which will then issue a licence.

Step 6:  A Government receipt will be issued and payment is immediately reflected on the account.

TEMPORARY LIQUOR LICENCE APPLICATION

Step 1:  Collect Temporary Application Form from any of the Inland Revenue Department locations, Deputy Governor’s Office or print form online.

Step 2:  Complete the application form and submit to the Deputy Governor’s Office.

Step 3:  Once the application is approved, a certificate is issued in respect to the type of licence granted.

Step 4:  The Licence is granted for the remainder of the period leading up to the next Licensing Day.  A new licence must be applied for through the Magistrate Court at the next licensing date.

Step 5:  The applicant is to present the Certificate and prescribed fee to the Inland Revenue Department, which will then issue a licence.

Step 6:  A Government receipt will be issued and payment is immediately reflected on the account.
 

TEMPORARY LIQUOR LICENCE (DAILY EVENTS)

Step 1:  Collect Temporary Application Form “B” from any of the Inland Revenue Department locations, or print form online.

Step 2:  Complete application in triplicate and submit to the Police Department.

Step 3:  Applicant retrieves stamped forms from the Police Department which is to be submitted to the Magistrate Court for approval.   

Step 4:  Successful applicants will be issued a certificate specific to the type of licence granted.

Step 5:  The applicant is to present the Certificate and prescribed fee to the Inland Revenue Department, which will then issue  a licence.

Step 6:  A Government receipt will be issued and payment is immediately reflected on the account.

Supporting Documents

  • Valid Trade Licence
  • Newspaper publication (2 copies)
  • Fire Department Approval
  • Town & Country Planning Approval
  • Environmental Health Approval

Method of Applying

Electronic or In Person

Turn Around Time

When certificates are received and requisite fees are paid, licences are immediately processed.

Additional Notes

Licence Days:
1st June and 1st December yearly or next working day(s) following if licencing day falls on a Sunday or Public Holiday.

All licences other than Wholesale and Still are granted for a period of six (6) months.

If the application along with supporting document(s) are accepted by the Magistrate on Licensing Day, the Certificate is granted. Similarly, the Deputy Governor's Office issues a certificate upon approval.

Deadline:
Applications for a permanent licence should commence at least 14 days prior to licencing day. Daily licences are applied for in keeping with the date of the event. Temporary licences are applied for if the applicant missed the Magistrate's licencing day.

Penalties:
Any applicant who fails to pay the fee within fourteen days of the day on which the certificate was granted by the Magistrate, shall pay, in addition to the fee, a penalty of twenty (20) percent.

 

Department Contact Information

Inland Revenue Department

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4634
Road Town, Tortola 
​Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Physical Addresses:
Central Admin Complex
33 Admin Drive 
Road Town, Tortola VG1110

Vanterpool’s Building
The Valley, Virgin Gorda VG1150

Business Hours:

Tortola/Virgin Gorda
Monday - Friday (except on Public Holidays)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cashier: 9:00a.m.  - 3:30 p.m.

District Office Hours: 
3rd Wednesday Monthly
The Settlement, Anegada VG1140

3rd Friday Monthly
Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke VG1160

Email Address: bvitaxes@gov.vg

Road Town, Tortola
Telephone: 1(284) 468-2155
Fax: 1(284) 468-3379

The Valley, Virgin Gorda 
Telephone: 1(284) 468-6545
Fax: 1(284) 468-6501

The Settlement, Anegada
Telephone: 1(284) 495-8048

Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
Telephone:1(284) 495-0241

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