Hotel Management and Sale and Distribution of Liquors
(Control) Act, 2023 (1966)
Date of Authentication and Publication
2023.6.9(25 Sept. 1966)
1. Administration of Justice Act, 2048(1991) 2048.2.16(30 May 1991)
21. Republic Strengthening and Some Nepal
Laws Amendment Act, 2066(2010) 2066.10.7 (21 Jan. 2010)
Act Number 18 of the year 2023 (1966)
An Act Made to Manage Hotels and Control Sale and Distribution
Preamble: Whereas, it is expedient to manage hotels and control the sale and
distribution of liquors in order to maintain the decency, convenience, health and
economic interest of the general public;
Now, therefore, His Majesty King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev has, on
the advice and with the consent of the National Panchayat, made this
1 This Act came into force on 15 Jestha 2065 (28 May 2008). 2 Deleted by Republic Strengthening and Some Nepal Laws Amendment Act, 2066(2010).
1. Short title, extension and commencement: (1) This Act may be called
as “Hotel Management and Sale and Distribution of Liquors (Control) Act,
(2) It shall extend to the whole of ………….3. Nepal.
(3) It shall come into force immediately.
2. Definitions: Unless the subject or context otherwise requires, in this Act:
(a) "Hotel" means any hotel run on commercial basis with provision of
settlement facilities, whether there is arrangement for food/snacks or
not, and this term includes a restaurant.
(b) “Owner” in relation to a hotel or shop means a person who has the
final control over the transactions of the hotel or shop, and this term
includes the manager or managing agent, if any, appointed to run such
a hotel or shop.
(c) “Customer” means a customer who visits a hotel for food (snacks),
whether residing in the hotel or not.
(d) “Liquors” includes all kinds of native or foreign liquors and beer
prepared through fermentation of fruits or grains or in any other
(e) “Shop” means an inn shop.
(f) “As prescribed” means as prescribed in the rules framed under this
3. Control on sale of liquors and offer liquors for consumption by
owner of hotel or shop: (1) The owner of a hotel or shop with provision
for consumption of liquors shall, after the commencement of this Act, not
sell liquors to any one or offer liquors for consumption by any one at his or
3 Deleted by Republic Strengthening and Some Nepal Laws Amendment Act, 2066 (2010).
her hotel or shop before Twelve noon and after one pm in the case of Fridays
and after Twelve pm in the case of the other Days.
(2) The owner of a hotel or shop shall not arrange for entertainment
or singing and dancing for customers after one pm in the case of Fridays and
after Twelve pm in the case of the other Days.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in Sub-sections (1) and (2),
the Government of Nepal may, by publishing a notice in the Nepal Gazette,
as required make alteration in the time set forth in these Sub-sections.
4. Prohibition on demonstration of vulgar or embarrassing
entertainment or singing and dancing at hotel: The owner of a hotel
shall not demonstrate such entertainment or singing and dancing as may
cause adverse effect on public decency and morality.
5. Duties of owner of hotel: (1) The duties of the owner of a hotel shall be as
(a) To get down details including the name, citizenship,
occupation, date of arrival and address of a customer
who visits the hotel.
(b) To allow a customer other than a customer suffering
from an infectious disease to stay in a room if so vacant
in the hotel.
(c) To offer pure and unadulterated food to the customers
who visit the hotel at a reasonable price.
(d) To make security of or look after, or cause to be made
security of or looked after, the customers.
(e) If a customer intends to hand over the custody of goods,
cash or other valuable items belonging to the customer,
to take the custody of the same on the condition of
returning them to the customer as and when so
requested and issue a receipt thereof to the customer.
(f) To take into consideration of peace and security while
selling liquors or offering liquors for consumption.
(g) To get the hotel to be neat and clean.
(h) While offering liquors for consumption by a customer,
not to so offer the liquors that the customer consumes
liquors to lose his or her consciousness or to lose control
over himself or herself.
(i) To arrange that, while offering liquors for consumption,
the same is consumed inner side of the hotel.
(2) If the goods of which custody has been taken pursuant to clause
(e) of Sub-section (1) is destroyed due to divine act, the owner of hotel shall
not be responsible for such goods.
6. To auction goods belonging to customer: If a customer leaves his or her
goods and goes away without paying the expenses of food and stay at the
hotel, the owner of hotel may sell the goods by making an advertisement at a
local newspaper by giving a time of Thirty Five days, setting out the details
of such goods, full name and address of the customer, after Seven days of so
leaving the hotel; and the amount remaining after deduction of the amount
receivable and the expenses incurred in the auction sale from the proceeds of
auction sale shall be returned to the customer when the customer appears to
receive the same.
7. Prohibition on selling liquors to and offering liquors for
consumption by minor and drunk person: No owner of hotel or shop
may sell liquors or offer liquors for consumption by a minor below Sixteen
years of age and one who is already drunk.
8. Prohibition on selling liquors and offering liquors for consumption
at specific hotel or shop and area: Notwithstanding anything contained
in Section 3, if the Government of Nepal considers necessary, it may, by
publishing a notice in the Nepal Gazette, prohibit the sale of liquors or the
offering of liquors for consumption at a hotel, shop and area specified in that
9. Prohibition of entry of costumer who is already drunk: No owner of
hotel or shop may knowingly allow one who is already drunk to enter his or
her hotel or shop.
10. Punishment: (1) The prescribed authority may punish the owner of hotel
who acts in contravention of Section 3, 5 or 7 or the owner of shop who acts
in contravention of Section 3 or 7 with a fine not exceeding Five Thousand
Rupees and, if considered necessary, order to close such a hotel or shop.
(2) The prescribed authority may punish the owner of hotel who acts
in contravention of Section 4 with a fine not exceeding Five Thousand
Rupees and shall order to close the entertainment or singing and dancing
being demonstrated or to be demonstrated at the hotel in contravention of the
(3) The owner of hotel or shop or other person who violates Section 8
or 9 may, by order of the prescribed authority, be punished with
imprisonment for a term not exceeding Three months or with a fine not
exceeding One Thousand Rupees or with both.
11. Appeal: A person who is not satisfied with the punishment awarded
pursuant to Section 10 may make an appeal to the Court of Appeal4 against
the order of the punishment.
12. Power to frame Rules: The Government of Nepal may frame Rules to
implement the provisions of this Act.
13. Saving: The matters provided for herein and the Rules framed hereunder
shall be governed by this Act and the Rules, and the other matters shall be
governed by the prevailing laws.
4 Amended by the Administration of Justice Act, 2048(1991).