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New Regulations for Liquor Licenses Should Be In Place By Late January
Municipality Won’t Impose Dry Law During Holy Week

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

Photo by Adam Dietrich

The Municipality of Nicoya is in the process of applying the new regulation for the commercialization of licenses for alcoholic beverages.

This was confirmed by the mayor, Marcos Jimenez, who mentioned that the new guidelines will be ready by the end of this month and, after publication in La Gaceta, the official legal newspaper, they will begin enforcing them.

One novelty of the new regulation is no longer implementing the traditional dry law, which prevented business owners from selling alcoholic beverages during part of Semana Santa (Holy Week).

According to Jimenez, in previous years when the dry law was applied, people who sold liquor illegally “underground” advanced.

Five Types of New Licenses

The new law, 9047 Regulación y Comercialización de Bebidas con Contenido Alcohólico
(Regulation and Commercialization of Beverages with Alcoholic Content) was published last year in La Gaceta on August 8th and grants greater autonomy to municipalities, permitting them to draft their own regulation, as well as granting them autonomy regarding the number of licenses that can be given out. 

According to data from the Municipality of Nicoya, there are currently some 347 licenses that authorize different locations in the canton to sell beverages with alcoholic content. 

Law 9047 establishes five types of licenses for those who sell beverages with alcoholic content.  The licenses are classified by letters from A to E.

Class A licenses permit the commercialization of beverages with alcoholic content only in sealed containers to take and without allowing people to consume them within the establishment. 
Class B licenses permit the sale of beverages with alcoholic content in open and/or closed containers for consumption within the establishment. 

On the other hand, the class C license only grants the commercialization of beverages with alcoholic content in open containers and served for consumption with food on the premises.

Meanwhile class D establishes the commercialization of beverages with alcoholic content in closed containers to take and without permitting drinking at the establishment.  In addition, the category is subdivided, classifying minimarkets as D1 and supermarkets as D2.

Finally the class E license authorizes municipalities to grant commercial rights for activities and businesses declared to be of interest to tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).  This category is subdivided into seven types, including lodging, marinas and docks, gastronomic businesses and nightlife locations, among others.



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