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The liquor licence application process may vary from province to province and often requires the submission of a large amount of supporting documentation. The Provincial Liquor Board thoroughly considers every application, taking into account a number of factors, including the municipal and zoning regulations, the intended use of the premises and the particularities of the applicants, as well as any objections lodged against the granting of a liquor license.


Each liquor license application is unique and therefore it is difficult to foresee how long the Provincial Liquor Board will take to consider and process a liquor license application. We proactively work with all parties to ensure that applications are expedited as effectively as is possible.


We always work in compliance with the New Western Cape Liquor Act, No 4 of 2008, carefully following all steps as per legal requirements. In so doing we ensure that you will obtain a legally valid liquor licence for your premises.


Here follows some additional information on the New Western Cape Liquor Act, No 4 of 2008 that will help you answer the question of how to apply for a liquor licence, while at the same time helping you understand liquor licence application requirements.

How to apply for a liquor licence and liquor licence application requirements

More about the New Western Cape Liquor Act, No 4 of 2008

The New Western Cape Liquor Act, No 4 of 2008, came into effect on 1 April 2012. Other provinces (excluding Gauteng) operate under Section 19 of the Liquor Act of 1989.


Section 33 creates the following categories of liquor licenses which can be applied for, namely:


  • Licensing for the micro-manufacture and sale of liquor for consumption both on and off the proposed premise.
  • Licensing for the sale of liquor for consumption on the proposed premise.
  • Licensing for the sale of liquor for consumption off the proposed premise.
  • In exceptional circumstances, a license for the sale of liquor for consumption both on and off the proposed premise.
  • A license for the sale of liquor for consumption on or off the premises, upon which liquor is sold at special events.
  • A temporary liquor license for the sale of liquor for consumption on or off the proposed premise.

The Liquor Licensing Tribunal will consider applications based on the following:

The granting of a liquor licence can only be granted if it is in the public interest, and the granting thereof is in the public interest if:

  • The Applicant(s) are of good character, and not disqualified from holding or managing a license in terms of the act.
  • The proposed premises on which the sale or consumption of alcohol will take place is completed as per the regulations and application submitted for the purpose of the license.
  • The applicant has the right to occupy the proposed premise.
  • The granting of the application does not prejudice any residents, educational institution or place of worship.

Application procedure and documentation required entails the following:

A section 36 application for a liquor license must be submitted by the last Friday of a calendar month for the Western Cape Province. It must be submitted to the Board and the designated Liquor Officer in whose area of jurisdiction the proposed premises is located. During December no applications will be accepted by the Board. Excluding Gauteng, all other provinces need to be submitted by the first Friday of a calendar month.

  • The prescribed application forms must be correctly completed and compiled as per the stipulated various regulation.
  • Where necessary, a copy of a planning application submitted to the Municipality concerned in terms of applicable legislation.
  • The prescribed fees which must be paid in the prescribed manner. A 50% deposit is payable prior to compiling application and the balance is payable prior to submission of application.


With an application for a liquor licence, the following documents have to be obtained and submitted to the Liquor Authority:

The following documents/actions are required:

  • A zoning certificate by the local authorities in which jurisdiction the premises lies, stating that the intended use of the property is in order
  • A plan of the premises
  • A site plan
  • Description of the premises
  • Colour photographs
  • Presentations in support of the application
  • Exceptional circumstances (if required)
  • Proof of notice in terms of Section 37(1) & (2), Reg. 9(2) & 9(4), 10(1), 10(2) of the Act.
  • Proof of right of occupation of the premises such as Title Deed or valid current Lease Agreement
  • Proof of identity documents or registration of applicants or members/shareholders of the legal entity
  • If the proposed liquor licence holder is a company, cc or trust, it must appoint a manager to be in control of the premises
  • A menu, should the proposed premise intend providing food

Additional obligations of a licence holder:


An existing licence holder has an obligation to inform the Liquor Board of a change in management, financial changes, or structural alterations.


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