27 September 2022

Excise – Special Exemption Application

The government is committed to supporting the night time economy – not just our hospitality sector, but also the many musicians, venues, event operators and organisers who are integral to creating a vibrant cultural life.

In line with a commitment in the Programme for Government to modernise our licensing laws, I am today announcing that we will halve the cost of applying for a Special Exemption Order, which late night venues require in order to open. This will reduce the excise fees for a special exemption application order from €110 to €55.

This aligns with a number measures we have taken to support the night time economy, and ahead of longer term reforms which will be announced when the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill is published within weeks.

A Financial Resolution will be brought in tonight to enact this measure.