Production, distribution and use of denatured alcohol (Excise Notice 473)

This notice is about the production, distribution or use of denatured alcohol in the UK. Denatured alcohol is alcohol that has been made unsuitable for drinking by the addition of denaturants.



This notice has been amended to reflect the UK’s exit from the EU and the end of the transition period.

Details of any changes to the previous version can be found in paragraph 1.2 of this notice.

Published 1 July 2013
Last updated 7 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Guidance on obtaining denatured alcohol in Section 11 has been updated.

  2. The postal address for HMRC Excise Written Enquiries Team has been updated in the glossary.

  3. This page has been updated because the Brexit transition period has ended.

  4. The guidance has been updated with changes to sections 10.7, 11.4.2, 11.5.2 and 18.

  5. Information added about temporary changes to the use and supply of denatured alcohol and duty-free spirits, to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  6. Guidance updated with changes to the way applications for authority to receive and use IDA or TSDA are made. Also updated EU CDA formulations in section 16.

  7. The postal address has changed, paragraphs 1.2, 2.6, 13.2, 13.4, 13.5, 19.1, 19.2 and section 20 have been updated to reflect changes effective from December 2016.

  8. First published.