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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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.