Experiences involving alcohol in Singapore
This page is here to help give you a starting point to find out about some of the obligations that may apply to you if you decide to host Experiences on Airbnb. It’s for your information only and includes summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to official resources that you may find helpful.
Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the law has not changed recently.*
I plan to serve or provide alcohol as part of my experience - do I need any licenses for that?
If you are considered to be supplying alcohol to your guests, you will need to have a liquor licence under the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act. You should be aware that there is potential criminal liability for failure to obtain a liquor licence which may include financial penalties and/or jail. Where licensed premises are specified in the liquor licence, the liquor licence only allows you to supply alcohol at the licensed premise(s).
It may be necessary to have registered a business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in order to apply for a liquor licence. You can find out more information on liquor licenses and the application process at the Singapore Police Force website on liquor licence.
Serving alcohol to your guests is generally a tricky area, so we encourage you to check with the liquor licensing unit of the Singapore Police Force or speak to your lawyer to make sure you are following the laws.
Additionally, you may also wish to consider if the selling of alcohol renders your premises a “Food Establishment” which requires a Food Shop licence under the Environmental Public Health Act (“EPHA”). Under the EPHA, “food” includes drinks and a “food establishment” refers to any place or premises used for the sale, or for the preparation or manufacture of food for human consumption. For more details see the guide on Experiences involving food in Singapore.
What if my experience takes place at a bar?
You are unlikely to run afoul of the law so long as the bar holds a liquor licence and the experience takes place during the trading hours permitted by the licence.
What if my experience is BYOB, and I want to allow guests to bring their own alcohol?
You may not require a liquor licence nor a Food Shop licence in this case, but we encourage you to confirm your position with the National Environment Agency and the liquor licensing unit of the Singapore Police Force.
I brew my own beer or produce my own wine. What do I need to keep in mind?
Under the Customs (Home-Brewing of Fermented Liquors) (Exemption) Order, home-brewers can make their own beer and other fermented liquors for their personal use, and not for sale, if they fulfil the following conditions:
- the home-brewer is 18 years old and above
- the manufacture of liquor is by fermentation and not by distillation
- the amount of liquor manufactured does not exceed –
- (i) in relation to beer, 30 litres per household of the person per month
- (ii) in relation to any other fermented liquor, 30 litres in total of all such liquors per household of the person per month
- the manufacturing activities does not create a nuisance to the public or degrade the environment
- the home-brewing is carried out at the home of the individual, and it could be a HDB flat or private property
You can teach guests how to brew beer or other fermented liquors as long as you comply with the above conditions. If you do not fulfil the above conditions, you will be considered to be engaging in commercial manufacturing of dutiable goods and will require a manufacturing licence under the Customs Act. More information can be found on the Singapore Customs website.
Additionally, if you intend to supply your self brewed/produced beer or other fermented liquors to any Guests, you will also need to have a liquor licence.
If my experience involves alcohol, do I need to watch out for anything else?
Yes: Age of guests and drinking in public places.
- You should ensure that all the guests are of the minimum legal drinking age (currently 18 years and over).
- In general, it is illegal to drink in a public place between 10:30 pm to 7:00 am. A public place refers to any premises where members of the public have a right of access whether for free or through payment of a fee. The hours during which public drinking is banned is longer in places designated as Liquor Control Zones. Examples would be Little India and Geylang. More information is available here.
Is there anything else I should think about?
If your experience will involve combining alcohol with another activity (for example, serving or providing food or a guided tour of the city), please take a look at our other information sections to work out if any other rules might apply to your activity.
You should also ensure that the content of any advertising involving alcoholic drinks are in compliance with the guidelines set out in the Singapore Code of Advertising Practice (SCAP). The guidelines provide amongst others that advertisements should not be directed at young people or anyone shown drinking should be obviously over 18 years old and advertisements should not encourage over-indulgence and excessive consumption of alcohol. For the complete set of guidelines, please refer to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore website.
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