Search Legislation

The Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)


This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

  1. Introductory Text


    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation


    1. 3.Prohibition on sale of intoxicating liquor without a licence

    2. 4.Prohibition of consumption, etc., of intoxicating liquor at entertainments organised for gain

    3. Grant of licences

      1. 5.Persons to whom licences may be granted

      2. 6.Premises for which licences may be granted

      3. 7.Applications for the grant of licences

      4. 8.Powers of court on applications for licences

      5. 9.Grant of licence conditional on alterations being made in premises

      6. 10.Provisional grant of licences

      7. 11.Preliminary approval of sites and disposal in certain cases

      8. 12.Grant of new licence in lieu of existing licence

      9. 13.Effect on new licence of suspension of surrendered, or previous, licence

      10. 14.Duration of new licences

    4. Renewal of licences

      1. 15.Applications for the renewal of licences

      2. 16.Powers of court hearing applications for renewal

      3. 17.Power to renew licences out of time

      4. 18.Renewal of licences in respect of certain premises

      5. 19.Renewal of licence pending grant of new licence

      6. 20.Renewal of suspended licences

      7. 21.Continuance of licence pending determination of appeal

      8. 22.Duration of renewed licence

    5. Transfer of licences

      1. 23.Applications for the transfer of licences

      2. 24.Powers of court on applications for transfer

      3. 25.Concurrent transfer and renewal of licences

      4. 26.Transfer of suspended licences

      5. 27.Appeal from transfer

    6. Temporary continuance of business in certain circumstances

      1. 28.Protection orders

      2. 29.Supplementary provisions relating to protection orders

      3. 30.Temporary continuance of business on death, bankruptcy, etc.

      4. 31.Temporary continuance of business in other premises

    7. Occasional licences

      1. 32.Occasional licences

    8. Structure, etc., of licensed premises

      1. 33.Separation of certain licensed premises from other business premises

      2. 34.Suitability of certain premises for functions

      3. 35.Restaurant not to contain bar

      4. 36.Consent required for certain alterations to premises

      5. 37.New licence required on reconstruction of premises

    9. Form, register and proof of licences, etc.

      1. 38.Form of licence

      2. 39.Register of licences

      3. 40.Inspection of register

      4. 41.Returns to Department

      5. 42.Register of licences to be evidence

      6. 43.Proof, etc., of licence

    10. Provisions as to certain acquisitions of licensed premises

      1. 44.Provisions as to licences where premises are acquired under statutory powers

      2. 45.Temporary occupation of licensed premises for purpose of carrying on business


    1. 46.Prohibition of sale, etc., of intoxicating liquor outside permitted hours

    2. The permitted hours

      1. 47.General permitted hours

      2. 48.Permitted hours in certain premises on Sunday and Christmas Day

      3. 49.Alternative permitted hours for off-sales

      4. 50.Additional permitted hours in certain premises providing entertainment

      5. 51.Permitted hours for places of public entertainment

    3. Exceptions

      1. 52.Residents in, and deliveries to, certain premises

      2. 53.Consumption or removal after permitted hours of liquor bought during those hours

    4. Extension licences

      1. 54.Extension licences for sale, etc., of liquor in certain premises outside permitted hours

    5. Miscellaneous

      1. 55.Persons found on licensed premises outside permitted hours, etc.

      2. 56.Power of Secretary of State to vary hours in certain circumstances


    1. General provisions regulating sale, etc., possession and delivery of intoxicating liquor

      1. 57.Penalty for selling, etc., intoxicating liquor without a licence

      2. 58.Penalty for consumption of intoxicating liquor at entertainments organised for gain

      3. 59.Restrictions on sale of certain kinds of alcohol

      4. 60.Penalty for permitting consumption of intoxicating liquor in unlicensed part of premises

      5. 61.Penalty for breach of terms of off-licence

      6. 62.Selling, etc., intoxicating liquor contrary to conditions applicable to certain licences

      7. 63.Restriction as to sale, etc., of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the premises and conditions as to sale, etc., in restaurants

      8. 64.Places of public entertainment

      9. 65.International airports

      10. 66.Seamen’s canteens

      11. 67.Conditions as to delivery of intoxicating liquor

    2. Minors

      1. 68.Minors prohibited from certain premises

      2. 69.Sale, etc., of intoxicating liquor to minors

    3. Preservation of order

      1. 70.Drunkenness in licensed premises

      2. 71.Procuring drink for drunken person

      3. 72.Power to exclude drunken persons, etc., from licensed premises

      4. 73.Riotous, disorderly or indecent behaviour in licensed premises

      5. 74.Prostitutes not to be allowed to assemble on licensed premises

    4. Miscellaneous

      1. 75.Provision for inspection and rights of entry

      2. 76.Persons found on unlicensed premises, etc.

      3. 77.Production of licence


    1. 78.Suspension of licences

    2. 79.Penalty for opening licensed premises during period of suspension

    3. 80.Procedure in connection with suspension

    4. 81.Appeals against suspension of licence, etc.


    1. Seamen’s canteens

      1. 82.Special provisions with respect to grant or renewal of licences for seamen’s canteens

    2. Wholesale dealers

      1. 83.Sales by wholesalers, etc.

    3. Pharmacists

      1. 84.Sale of intoxicating liquor, etc., by pharmacists

    4. Vessels, aircraft and trains

      1. 85.Licences for non-seagoing vessels

      2. 86.Application of Order to certain seagoing vessels and to aircraft and railway passenger vehicles

    5. Legal proceedings

      1. 87.Evidence

      2. 88.Appeals

    6. Supplemental

      1. 89.Exemptions and savings

      2. 90.Modifications of Schedules, amendments, transitional provisions, savings and repeals

  8. Signature


    1. Schedule 1

      Applications for the grant of licences.

      1. Part I Grant of licences.

      2. Part II Provisional grant of licences.

      3. Part III Application to have provisional grants of licences declared final.

    2. Schedule 2

      Meaning of “subsisting licence”.

    3. Schedule 3

      Approval of sites, disposal of sites or premises and grant of licences for premises on approved sites.

      1. Part I Approval of sites.

      2. Part II Disposal of approved sites or premises in re-development areas.

      3. Part III Expenses.

    4. Schedule 4

      Applications for the renewal of licences.

      1. Part I General procedure.

      2. Part II Procedure for renewals out of time.

    5. Schedule 5

      Applications for the transfer of licences.

      1. Part I Transfer of licences.

      2. Part II Transfer of licences provisionally granted.

    6. Schedule 6

      Applications for protection orders and authorisations of temporary continuance of businesses.

    7. Schedule 7

      Applications for occasional licences.

    8. Schedule 8

      Applications and notices under Article 36.

      1. Part I Applications for consent to alterations.

      2. Part II Notices of alterations required by authorities.

    9. Schedule 9

      Applications under Article 50.

    10. Schedule 10

      Applications for extension licences.

    11. Schedule 11


    12. Schedule 12

      Transitional provisions and savings.

    13. Schedule 13


  10. Explanatory Note

Back to top


Print Options


Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.


Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources