Liquor License in Thailand

October 14, 2016


It should be noted that a restaurant business often entails the requirement of other licenses, such as a liquor license. Before a restaurant, store or bar can serve liquor in Thailand, it must obtain a liquor license from the Excise Department under Section 17 of Liquor Act B.E. 2493 (1950). A liquor license is a permit that allows an establishment to legally sell alcohol. Establishments that require liquor licenses include pubs, bars, restaurants, distillers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, hotels, clubs, theaters, grocery stores and liquor stores. To obtain the liquor license, the applicant must contact and file the application with the District Office or Local Excise Department. The penalty for any violation of this act would be a fine.


General requirements for liquor license are:-

  1. Copy of company affidavit,
  2. Copy of lease agreement of business establishment and consent letter from the landlord,
  3. Copy of house registration of business establishment, and
  4. Map of liquor establishment for distribution,


The liquor license is valid for one a year. The license must be annually renewed before its expiration.


After the liquor license has been acquired, the licensee may sell the liquor in the specific place, date and time prescribed by the official. The liquor must not be transformed by contaminating with any other ingredient or type of liquor thereto without the official permission.


Under the Alcohol Beverage Control Act, B.E. 2551 (2008), it is prohibited to sell liquor in close proximity to schools, religious areas and gas station. It is also forbidden to provide any sale promotion to the liquor. Otherwise, a penalty of imprisonment and fine may be imposed.

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