Guideline for retail sales of alcoholic beverages
The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) has compiled the main provisions concerning the retail sale of alcoholic beverages and their interpretation policy into a guideline for retail sales of alcoholic beverages. You will find the guideline at the end of this page.
A holder of an alcohol retail trade licence must comply with the Alcohol Act in their business. Staff involved in the sales operations must also be familiar with the regulations on the sale of alcoholic beverages. The guideline for retail sales of alcoholic beverages offers a comprehensive overview of the legislation concerning the retail sale of alcohol and interpretations of the authorities. In addition to the Regional State Administrative Agencies, the guideline is intended for companies and employees in the industry.
The purpose of the guideline is to guide the Regional State Administrative Agencies in the application of the Alcohol Act, as well as to promote the achievement of the general objectives of the Alcohol Act and the reduction of alcohol-related harm.
What does the retail sale guideline include?
The guideline for retail sales of alcoholic beverages is divided into the following parts:
- Retail sales of alcoholic beverages
- Marketing of alcoholic beverages in retail sales
- Supervision and sanctions
- Applying for a retail trade licence
It is important that the staff at a retail premises pays particular attention to Chapters 1–3. Chapter 4 is meant for applicants and retail trade licence holders.