Liquor Licence (Temporary)

Description :

  • Any sale or offer for sale of intoxicating liquor by retail or wholesale, will require a liquor licence issued by the Liquors Licensing Board.
  • Temporary licences can only be issued with a maximum period of 30 consecutive days.
  • All Temporary 1st Class Public House licence applications for more than 6 consecutive days, will also be routed to IRAS for cess registration.
Please note that Temporary Liquor Licence and Ordinary Liquor Licence cannot be applied together

FAQ :

1 Do I need to apply for this licence?

A temporary liquor licence means any licence issued for a specified time period of not more than 30 consecutive days. Temporary licences are usually applied by the organising company/business/society, to cover special events that are held for a short duration.

The types of temporary licences are listed below.

Type of LicenceOperating Hours
1st Class Public House6 am to 12 midnight
2nd Class Public House6 am to 10 pm
Beer House6 am to 12 midnight
Wholesale Liquor Shop6 am to 12 midnight
Retail Liquor Shop6 am to 12 midnight
Wholesale Beer Shop6 am to 12 midnight
Retail Beer Shop6 am to 12 midnight

2 What conditions do I need to fulfill?

All applicants, except for applicants representing a society, are required to have registered the company/business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), formerly known as the Registry of Companies and Businesses (RCB). The applicant must be a Singapore Citizen, a Singapore Permanent Resident or possess a FIN issued by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

For societies registered with the Registry of Societies (ROS), the applicant must be (at least) a committee member.

Self-employed persons applying for a liquor licence must ensure their Medisave contributions are up-to-date.

Applicants for a Temporary 1st Class Public House licence, for a period of more than 6 consecutive days, will be liable for Cess collection. Cess registration with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will be required.

Applicants should ensure that they have obtained (where applicable) the relevant approvals/permits/licences from other agencies/departments.
3 What supporting documents do I need to submit?

Applicants under the following categories are required to submit the following supporting documents:
  • For societies, a copy of the Registry of Societies (ROS) certificate;
If during the course of our application processing, additional information is required, applicants may be required to submit a copy of the following, as supporting documents:
  • Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) certificate;
  • NRIC or Foreign IC (for non-Singaporeans with work permit) of the applicants;
  • Approval from the relevant authorities;
  • Tenancy agreement of the premises to be licensed.
  • The filer/applicant will be contacted should there be a need to submit these documents.
The supporting documents can be submitted as a softcopy attachment together with the online application, or faxed/mailed together with the acknowledgement slip issued upon application submission.
4 How soon can my application be processed?

An application with all required supporting documents submitted can be processed within 12 working days. Processing time starts from the date of application is received to the date of approval or rejection. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

The applicant will be notified of the outcome via SMS or email, and post.
5 How much does this licence cost and how long is it valid?

Temporary licences are charged at the following rates:
  • $22/- per day
  • $44/- for up to 7 days
Temporary licences for a period of more than 7 days, will be subject to a combination of the above rates, as shown in table below.

Number of DaysFee Amount
1$22/-
2 to 7$44/-
8$66/-
9 to 14$88/-
15$110/-
16 to 21$132/-
22$154/-
23 to 28$176/-
29$198/-
30$220/-

6 Who can I contact for further details?

For further assistance, please contact the Police Licensing Division at 6835 0000 or email us at SPF_OPS_Licensing@spf.gov.sg. You can also write to us at:

Police Licensing Division
Police Cantonment Complex
391 New Bridge Road
Blk D #02-701
Singapore 088762
7 What is the application process like?

All applications for liquor licence are to be submitted through electronic filing (e-filing) via the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS) at All applications for liquor licence are to be submitted through electronic filing (e-filing) via the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS) at http://business.gov.sg.
8 Other frequently asked questions

Q. When do I need to apply for a temporary liquor licence?
A. A temporary liquor licence will be suitable when a liquor licence is only required for a short period of time, such as one-off events and exhibitions. The maximum duration of a temporary liquor licence is 30 days.

Q. How do I make payment for the liquor licence?
A. There are three online payment modes available. You can pay using your Credit card (Visa or Mastercard), and Direct Debit through your internet banking account..

Payment modes available at our counter are NETS or cheque.

Q. By when must payment for the temporary liquor licence be made?
A. Payment must be made before the commencement date of the temporary liquor licence or 90 days from date of approval, whichever is earlier. If payment is not received by then, the application will be lapsed.

Q. What should I do if I need to sell liquor beyond the stipulated licensing hours of my temporary liquor licence?
A. A holder of a valid temporary liquor licence may apply to the Liquors Licensing Board to extend the licensing hours of the liquor licence. The extension hour period applied for can only be within the validity period of the temporary liquor licence. It is known as an extension hours liquor licence. Only ad-hoc extensions hours are applicable for temporary liquor licences.

Please see the Extension Hours Liquor Licence Application Page for more information.

Q. Can I apply for a temporary liquor licence and extension hours licence at the same time?
A. Yes, application for both licences can be submitted together when applying through the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS). If the applications are submitted together, the extension hours licence application will be defaulted to be for the same premises as the ordinary/temporary licence application.

Q. Can I have 1 temporary licence for non-consecutive dates?
A. No, the temporary licence must have consecutive dates. If the event will occur on non-consecutive dates, separate temporary licences must be applied for.

Q. My temporary liquor licence has already been issued. Can I still amend the temporary liquor licence dates and timings?
A. Once the temporary liquor licence has been issued, no additional dates can be added to the temporary liquor licence. However, additional extension hours can still be applied for.

Q. Is there any refund if I were to terminate my temporary liquor licence before its expiry date?
A. There will be no refund for termination of temporary liquor licence.

Q. Can I transfer my temporary liquor licence?
A. No, a temporary liquor licence is non-transferrable.

Q. What other permits might I need?
A. For applicants who require a temporary public entertainment licence, please contact the Public Entertainment Licensing Unit (PELU) of the Singapore Police Force.

Applicants for a Temporary 1st Class Public House licence, for a period of more than 6 consecutive days, will be liable for cess collection. Registration with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) is required.