Current and future licence holders are advised that the law will
feature several amended or entirely new components, all of which
are intended to improve the liquor licensing process.
In particular, the amendment removes the current moratorium in
order for the Liquor Licensing Board to grant new liquor
Director of the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI),
Ryan Rajkumarsingh, highlighted five important aspects for the
public to consider.
New requirements for
grants. Persons seeking a liquor licensing grant, whether
for an annual or occasional licence, must provide proof of a valid
trade and business licence, along with the relevant licensing fee
and previously requested details. Liquor can only be sold by the
trade and business licence holder.
Grace period for renewal
applications. If you are renewing your licence, you have
until 30 September, 2018, to submit your renewal application along
with proof of a valid trade and business licence. If the liquor
licensing board revokes your licence before that date, the grace
period will not apply.
inspection. At the request of the Liquor Licensing Board,
DCI trade officers may inspect any licensed premises and report
back to the board on whether the premises are being used in
accordance with their licences. Trade officers must clearly
identify themselves and any person who hinders inspections commits
an offence and is subject to a penalty.
Board constitution and
meetings. The board increases in size from five to ten
members in Grand Cayman, which includes representatives from DCI,
the Department of Planning and the Department of Environmental
Health, and five to eight members in the Sister Islands. Board
members are now able to attend board meetings, which remain open to
the public, via teleconference or other electronic means if they
cannot attend in person.
Flexibility with opening
hours. License holders can sell liquor at their licensed
premises at any point during the hours specified in their license
and the licensed premises can open and close at any time during the
The Liquor Licensing (Amendment) Law, 2015 was passed by the
Legislative Assembly in October 2015. Since then, Mr Rajkumarsingh
said DCI staff have been preparing for the enforcement of the
'Both business owners and staff will need to adjust their
practices to comply with the changes to the law', he said.
'For DCI, our goal is to have operational systems in place
where we can act in accordance with the new legislation as of 1
For more information on the new law, visit www.dci.gov.ky;
email email@example.com; call
945-0943 in Grand Cayman; or call 948-2400 for Cayman Brac and
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