Sell Alcohol with Square Online
If you’re selling physical items or food and beverage items, you may sell alcohol with Square Online if permitted by law in your area. Learn more about how you can sell alcohol online with Square Online below.
Note: Please see the Square Terms of Service for more details on what you can sell through Square. Local and national regulations on the sale and distribution of alcohol change often and may vary at different levels. Be sure to stay updated on changes in your area and industry.
Before You Start Selling Alcohol Online
Before you start selling alcohol online, do some research to find out what is and is not permitted in your area. There may be additional licensing requirements or other restrictions related to selling alcohol online. If you have more questions, your local chamber of commerce may be able to help out.
Once you have all laws and regulations about the online sale of alcohol taken into account, you may start setting up your online alcohol sales with Square Online.
Alcohol Sales with On-Demand Delivery
Note: As of May 1, 2023, this service is temporarily unavailable.
On-Demand Delivery of alcohol is available in the following provinces:
Note: For orders that contain alcohol, the stock levels for all items in the order are decremented at the time of successful age verification (and not at the time of successful payment).
Take a look at the steps for setting up On-Demand Delivery with alcohol deliveries.
Alcohol Sales with In-House Delivery
While Square Online does offer an In-House Delivery option for local delivery, the legal requirements for delivery of alcoholic beverages vary from one area to another. Unlike using On-Demand Delivery, with In-House Delivery, it is solely your responsibility to be aware of and comply with any local and national rules and regulations related to the delivery of alcohol. Learn more about In-House Delivery with Square Online.
Alcohol Sales with In-store and Curbside Pickup
You may offer in-store and curbside pickup for online sales of alcoholic beverages in accordance with your local laws and regulations. Learn more about in-store and curbside pickup with Square Online.
Alcohol Sales with Self-Serve Ordering
Note: Enable self-serve ordering by upgrading your Square Online site.
Take a look at the steps for setting up self-serve ordering with alcohol.
Age Verification for Online Sales
Although you can add age verification pop-ups to your website, Square Online does not have a legally compliant age verification feature.
It is your responsibility to verify the legal age of your buyers when selling any goods or services that are subject to age restrictions when selling alcohol for in-store and curbside pickup, In-House Delivery or self-serve ordering.
When selling alcohol using On-Demand Delivery, the On-Demand Delivery courier will handle the age verification upon delivery.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Consult a solicitor if you have questions about the sale and distribution of alcohol.