Based on the number of applications received to date, it appears that most liquor licence holders haven't yet submitted their paperwork to renew their licences – and the deadline for applications is looming.
'Normally by this time, most licencees would have applied', said Mr Ryan Rajkumarsingh, Director of the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI). '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'.
Mr Rajkumarsingh noted that this year, to improve efficiency and reduce costs, DCI emailed application forms to current licence holders instead of sending them by post. In addition, forms are available on the department's website, www.dci.gov.ky; and at the Business Licensing Counter, located on the first floor of the Government Administration Building in Grand Cayman.
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', Mr Rajkumarsingh said.
Licencees who need further assistance 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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