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HMRC internal manual

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme

HM Revenue & Customs
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Groups: applications for group approval

Applications for group approval are made using the same electronic application process used for individual wholesale businesses, as set out in AWRS30100. Once approved, the group can then operate under a single AWRS URN.

We may take up to 45 calendar days to consider and process an application for a new group approval. A business should apply at least 45 days in advance of the time the applicant wishes the group approval to take effect. You will need to apply the fit and proper checks to each group member individually and decide whether they can be approved as well as checking they all meet the conditions for group approval.

If any group members were previously approved in their own right, their individual URNs must be cancelled, once the group application has been approved.

Any group members not already approved will not be able to trade in controlled liquor until the group has been approved.