Jamaica Board Signs, I

Signs like this one make me smile. Specifically, it’s the part that states, it is my intention to apply. As long as you intend to apply, you’re golden.

Liquor license sign

Like most places, business establishments in Jamaica that sell spirits must have a license. However, they can begin operating without one if they post a sign like the one above.

There are clear requirements for the sign: it must be in capital letters not below 5mm in height, and displayed prominently.

The business owner must apply for a license and submit the application form ‘21 clear days’ prior to the sitting of the Licensing Authority, but I’ve seen signs like these displayed on businesses for months or even years. I’ve often wondered if the owners just never bothered to take them down after they receive the license or if they ever bother to submit an application. After all, if the authorities ask, you can just say, I intend to apply.

Applying doesn’t mean the license will be issued automatically. Members of the community can object, but it has to be in in writing.

This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.

36 comments on “Jamaica Board Signs, I

  1. Well they have an \”intention\” and if the autorities don\’t chase them up I guess it is ok! Signs can be fun travel pics sometimes. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

  2. Ha! Ha! Gotta love signs.
    It reminds me of signs I see in some stores in NYC that say “Closeout Sale” but the signs have been there for years and they never closed down.

  3. well you do what you have to do, sometimes just going through the hoops to get a certain license can be quite frustrating in many cultures…thanks for sharing

  4. That’s it, Jill. The intention is there so if someone asks, you can say, I’m going to the next meeting.
    We have some fun signs. There are a few more I definitely want to take.

  5. That would never fly in Canada – but I think it’s a novel way of approaching the licensing issue. But really – does anyone check?

  6. Interesting sign. I guess authorities are not chasing them. Even if they did, they can always say they ‘intend’ to get the license 🙂

  7. Similar, although less “artistic” signs (which use state-mandated/designed forms), must be displayed in restaurant/bar windows in California whenever there is either a change of ownership or opening of a new business that plans to sell alcoholic beverages.

  8. That is so very funny!!! Love that with one sign they can sell spirits on the premises without having to apply for a licence 🙂
    Gotta love Jamaica!

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