While the city of Mumbai is known for its metropolitan culture and a rocking nightlife, there are still some rules that we need to adhere to while we enjoy in this city. One such rule that has frequently come to public attention is the ‘Drinking Permit’
Why do you need to make a permit?
‘According to the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949, a liquor permit is needed to legally consume, possess, transport or purchase alcohol in Mumbai’ Simply put, if you want to drink, you need a permit.
TIP: Make sure the club/ bar you're drinking at has the necessary licenses apart from your permit. Better safe than sorry in case there’s a raid.
What do you need to make a permit?
A person has to be over 25 years of age to make one. Once you’ve crossed that off, here is what you really need:
- Rs. 5 court stamp
- Identity proof
- An address proof issued by the government
- Two stamp-sized photograph (25 mm X 35 mm) on a white background
Charge for the permit -
- Life time permit- Rs. 1000/-
- One year permit- Rs. 100/-
- One day permit for country liquor Rs. 2/-
- One day permit for foreign liquor Rs. 5/-
What is the process?
Step 1: Reach an Excise Station
Head Office of the State Excise
Ground Floor of the Old Customs House,
Fort, Near Horniman Circle
If you live in the suburbs you can go to:
Chembur Excise Station
Jama Chowk, Chembur camp,
Next to Crime Branch, Sindhi colony,
Chunnabhatti Excise Station
V.N.Purav Marg, Tata Nagar,
Bandra Excise Station
Kalanagar, Behind Nandadeep Garden,
Andheri Excise Station
Tahasildar Compound, Near Bhavans College,
D.N. Road, Close to Navrang Cinema,
Malwani Excise Station
Malwani No.1, Next to Fire Brigade,
Marve Road, Malad West.
Step 2: Get the application form and fill it
Fill the application form with relevant details and attach the stamp
Step 3: Submit the application
Hand over the application form, photographs and permit fees to the clerk at the window.
And you are done! With this permit you can possess and carry up to 2 units of alcohol per person per week. Wondering how much is 1 unit? Here is the math - 1 unit = 750 ml of any hard liquor, 1500 ml of wine or 2600 ml of beer.
Acquire this permit, stick to the rules, enjoy drinking as you stay away from trouble.