Фото: Penalty for selling alcohol without a license

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Penalty for selling alcohol without a license

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The alcohol trade is one of the industries subject to mandatory licensing in Ukraine. According to the current legislation, conducting such business without a license may lead to serious legal consequences, including fines and legal liability. In this article, we will review the types of fines for selling alcohol without a license and the legal aspects regulated by Ukrainian law.

According to the Law of Ukraine "On State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Cognac and Alcoholic Beverages" and other relevant regulations, all entities engaged in the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to have a license to carry out such activities. Without a proper license, the sale of alcohol is considered illegal.


At the same time, the tax service has a wide range of rights and obligations to inspect alcohol turnover. In particular, it can initiate an inspection of an enterprise in the field of alcohol trade by issuing a relevant order. This order can be justified on various grounds, such as the risk of violations of tax laws, complaints from citizens or preliminary results of the analysis of the company's activities.

By the way. One of the methods of conducting an audit may be a control purchase. In this case, a tax officer acts as an ordinary buyer and tries to purchase an alcoholic beverage from the company. The results of such a purchase may serve as evidence of a violation.

Фото: Penalty for selling alcohol without a license

There are various types of fines for violating the law on selling alcohol without a license. They may include:

  • Financial penalties: The amounts of fines can vary depending on various factors, such as the scope of the violation and the repeated nature of the violation.
  • Confiscation of goods: Illegal alcohol trade can result in the confiscation of all goods found on the subject during the inspection.
  • Administrative liability: Violators may also be held administratively liable under the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Illegal trade in alcohol without a license can have serious legal consequences. In addition to fines, violators may be subject to criminal prosecution in case of serious offenses.

As discussed above, selling alcohol without a license may have serious consequences under Ukrainian law. Fines and legal liability can significantly complicate the life of an entrepreneur and negatively affect his or her business.


We, as a law firm, are ready to provide you with professional advice and legal support not only in cases of fines for trading without a license, but also in other legal aspects. Our qualified lawyers will help you understand the situation, provide legal expertise and develop an optimal action plan to protect your interests.

If you have any problems, it is better to seek legal advice in order to understand the consequences and protect yourself from possible negative consequences of violating the legislation in the field of alcohol trade. Fill out the form on our website and we will contact you shortly.

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