DCI prepares to call time on booze licencees

| 16/08/2016 | 0 Comments

CNS Business(CNS Business): The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) is urging liquor licence holders to submit their applications ahead of Friday’s deadline, otherwise they will have to apply again from scratch. Officials are concerned that, based on the number of applications they have received so far, most licencees are leaving things until the last minute to submit their paperwork as the deadline looms. Faced with a potential deadline rush, DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh is urging people to file their paperwork now.

“Normally by this time, most licencees would have applied,” he said. “This year’s deadline is Friday, 19 August; if a person misses this deadline, he or she will have to apply for a new liquor licence, which requires more paperwork. Of course, if persons submit ahead of time, it would help the Liquor Licensing Board to avoid backlogs and last-minute processing.”

He also reminded licencees that as part of the renewals application, their premises must be inspected by the relevant government departments.

“The board’s annual session is on Friday, 30 September, and they will only hear applications that are complete, with either inspection certificates or proof of inspection requests,” Rajkumarsingh added.

To improve efficiency and reduce costs, the DCI has emailed application forms to current licence holders instead of sending them by post this year and forms are also available on the department’s website as well as at the Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building in Grand Cayman.

Licencees who need help with their renewals applications may call the Liquor Licensing Board’s Acting Secretary Gavin Dixon on 244-3167 or DCI’s Shelise Jeffery on 244-2202.

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