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I have been asked on a few occasions to deliver the odd crate of wine to a nearby office. I would like to expand my business to offer this service to...

I have been asked on a few occasions to deliver the odd crate of wine to a nearby office. I would like to expand my business to offer this service to all the nearby offices. Are there any provisions that I need to be aware of?

First of all you should check your liquor licence to ensure that there is no restriction regarding off sales. You should also be aware that the Licensing Act has some strict requirements regarding the delivery of liquor when it has been purchased from you.

The liquor cannot be delivered unless the quantity, description, price and name and address of the person who has ordered it have been placed in two books. The first one is a day book kept on the premises where the alcohol is dispatched from. The second one is a delivery book or invoice carried by the person delivering the alcohol.

The van, lorry, bicycle or barrow delivering the alcohol must not contain any more liquor than that contained in the delivery book or invoices. You also need to ensure that alcohol is only delivered to the addresses in the books and not to any others such as premises next door because you cannot get any answer.

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