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Many people are not familiar with liquor licenses. Here we answer some of the more common questions on how to apply for a liquor licence and other questions surrounding liquor licences.

  • What is a liquor licence?

    A liquor licence is an official document that is issued to a person, giving them the legal right to sell or manufacture liquor on their premises.

  • Why do I need a Liquor License?

    Anyone wishing to sell, manufacture or distribute liquor is required by law to have a liquor license. If you trade without a license, you are in breach of the law and the local authorities may take steps against you, close down your business and confiscate your assets.


    Liquor licenses need to be renewed annually. It can happen that the public may lodge objections to the granting of a license.


    The Liquor Board will consider the application, all relevant information and all the objections received and will either reject or approve the application.

  • Do I need a liquor licence if I am a micro manufacturer?

    Yes, you will need a liquor licence for the micro-manufacturing of liquor (i.e. manufacturing less than 10 000 litres per year).

  • Who May Apply for a Liquor License?

    Anyone may apply for a liquor licence unless you are disqualified in terms of current liquor legislation. These disqualifying factors include:

    • If you have served a prison sentence without the option of a fine in the last ten years (the
    • Board may make an exception in certain cases).
    • If you are bankrupt.
    • If you are an un-rehabilitated insolvent
    • If you are a minor.
    • If you are spouse of any of the above.

    Note: Compliance with the guidelines set out here does not guarantee the success of an application. The Liquor Act and its regulations are complex and are considered on individual merit.

  • Are there any liquor licence fees involved?

    There are a set of prescribed liquor licence fees that need to be paid in order to obtain a legally valid liquor licence. These liquor licence fees are to be paid in the event of new applications, renewal applications, transfer applications, relocation applications as well as alterations of registered activities.


    The annual fees are payable no later than 31 December every year. Failure to pay the annual fees on time will result in a 50 % penalty within the month of January and 100% penalty within the month of February and thereafter the lapse of the licence and you will have to re-apply for the licence.

  • What is the expected waiting period to receive my liquor licence?

    In our experience, the process takes a minimum of 3 months, but can take still longer.


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