Liquor Licence Applications

Description:

Anyone wishing to sell, manufacture or distribute liquor is required by law to have a liquor licence.

In the Western Cape a person or entity may not micro-manufacture or retail/sell liquor unless authorised to do so. Such a person must obtain a liquor licence issued in terms of the Western Cape Liquor Act 4/2008 as amended by the Amendment Act 10/2010.

Should liquor be micro-manufactured or retailed/sold without the required licence or in contravention of the conditions of the licence, such a person is guilty of an offence.

Instructions:

Who May not Apply for a Liquor Licence?

Anyone who:

  • Has, within five years prior to the lodgement of the application, been sentenced to imprisonment without the option of paying a fine.
  • Has, within five years prior to the lodgement of the application, been declared to be unfit to hold a liquor licence.
  • Was the holder of any liquor licence which was cancelled within a period of twelve months prior to the lodgement of the application.
  • Is an unrehabilitated insolvent.
  • Is a minor upon the date of consideration of the application.
  • The spouse or life partner of the above.
  • Anyone who is mentally ill as defined in the Mental Health Care Act, 2002 (Act 17 of 2002).
  • Any company, close corporation or co-operative in which any of the above mentioned has a shareholding, member's interest or a membership share, any trust of which he or she is a trustee or beneficiary and any partnership of which he or she is a partner, is similarly disqualified.

How is the Application Lodged?

An application is lodged by either hand delivery or via post. The Western Cape Liquor Authority does not accept copies, and therefore you cannot fax or e-mail your application.

Where and when are Applications Lodged?

With the Western Cape Liquor Authority at their offices on the 6th Floor of the NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St Georges Mall, Cape Town, 8001 and with the Designated SAPS Liquor Officer in whose area of jurisdiction the business is located. Although licences may be lodged at any time, the following first Friday of the month is regarded as the date the application in lodged.

Please ensure that all the required documents as listed on the front page of the application form are attached.

How to Apply for a Liquor Licence

You can apply for a liquor licence through a lawyer or liquor consultant or in your personal capacity. The different application forms are available from the Western Cape Liquor Regulations document.

  1. An applicant is solely responsible for the correctness of any application or notice submitted by or on behalf of the applicant in compliance with these regulations.
  2. Subject to section 36(2) of the Western Cape Liquor Act 4/2008 as amended by the Amendment Act 10 / 2010 an application for a licence referred to in section 33(1) must be lodged with the Authority and the designated liquor officer in whose area of jurisdiction the proposed licenced premises are located by 14h00 on the Friday preceding the first Friday of any month or, if that preceding Friday is a public holiday, on the last working day before that public holiday.
  3. An application referred to in subregulation (3) must be -
    1. Made in the form of Form 3 in Annexure 3 of the Western Cape Liquor Regulations, 2011.
    2. Typed script on A4 size standard paper.
    3. Contain the information as required in that form.
  4. An application must be accompanied by:
    1. A comprehensive floor plan of the premises clearly showing -
      1. The proposed licensed premises indicated in colour in relation to the entire premises.
      2. The dimensions of each room on the premises.
      3. The uses of all the rooms on the premises.
      4. All doors, windows and counters (where applicable) and means of internal and external communication.
      5. The streets and places to which such means of external communication lead.
      6. and
      7. Where liquor will be stored on the proposes licensed premises.
    2. A site plan showing:
      1. An outline of every building within the vicinity of the proposed licensed premises on the erf to which the application relates.
      2. Other licensed premises on the erf.
      3. The uses of all the buildings within the vicinity of the proposed licensed premises on the erf.
      4. and
      5. The date of preparation and the name and address of the person who prepared the plan.
    3. In a separate document, a description of the premises with reference to the construction, layout, furnishing, fixtures, fittings and floor covering.
    4. Colour photographs showing the completed internal and external features of the premises or, where the application relates to incomplete premises referred to in section 44 of the Western Cape Liquor Act 4/2008 as amended by the Amendment Act 10 / 2010, the stage of completion of the premises.
    5. Written representations in support of the application.
    6. Written representations in support of any determination, consent, approval or authority required by the applicant in terms of the Act.
    7. Proof that the applicable application fee set out in Item 1 of Annexure 1 has been paid to the Authority.
    8. A copy of the identity document of the applicant and, in the case of a person other than a natural person, copies of the relevant registration documents, indicating the identity and, where applicable, the financial interest of all members, directors, partners and beneficiaries.
    9. Such other documents as may be specified on the application form and in the Act, or as may be required by the Authority.
    10. and
    11. Notice of lodgement in the form of Form 4 in Annexure 3 of the Western Cape Liquor Regulations, 2011.
    12. The floor plan must include:
      1. The proposed licenced premises indicated in colour in relation to the entire premises.
      2. The dimensions of each room on the premises.
      3. The uses of all the rooms on the premises.
      4. All doors, windows and counters and means of external and internal communication.

    Western Cape Liquor Authority's Banking Details

    Name of Account Holder: Western Cape Liquor Authority
    Name of Bank: Nedbank Ltd. South Africa
    Branch code: 198765
    Account number: 145 206 9883
    Account Type: Current Account

    How Many Categories of Licence in the Western Cape?

    Four licence types, excluding temporary and special event licences. These licences are:
    1. Micro Manufacturing On & Off Consumption - a licence for the micro-manufacture and sale of liquor for consumption both on and off the premises where the liquor is sold.
    2. Consumption On - a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises where the liquor is sold.
    3. Consumption Off - a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption off the premises where the liquor is sold.
    4. and
    5. Consumption On & Off - in exceptional circumstances, a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption both on and off the premises where the liquor is sold.
    6. There is currently (temporarily) also a 5th type: Micro Manufacture On & Off OR Consumption Off. This is due to the fact that the conversion of the licences issued in terms of the previous legislation has not yet been finalised, and that there is one licence type amongst these (Special Licence: Off Consumption) which contains some licences which were granted permission to micro-manufacture liquor, and others that were only granted permission to sell liquor for off consumption. These licences still need to be split into these 2 types, and they are therefore indicated separately in the following table.

    Price Schedule(Aplication Fees)

    Item No.Nature of ApplicationFees Payable(R)
    1.Application for a licence in terms of Section 36(1)(e)1250
    2.Application for a temporary licence in terms of Section 48(1)250
    3.Application for a special events licence in terms of Section 48(4)250
    4.Application to amend the conditions of a licence in terms of section 49(6)500
    5.Application to procure a financial interest in the business to which the licence relates in terms of section 51(2)500
    6.Applications for alterations of the licensed premises, the change of the nature of the business or consent to conduct business under the licence on premises on which any other business, trade or occupation is carried on or pursued in terms of section53(1)(a), (b) or (c), respectively500(each)
    7.(a) Application to store liquor in terms of section 57(1)
    (b) Granting of application to store liquor in terms of section 57(1)
    250
    250
    8.(a) Application for the extension of trading hours in terms of section 59(4)
    (b) Granting of application for extension of trading hours in terms of section 59(4)
    250
    250
    9.Application for renewal in terms of section 64(1)250
    10.(a) Application for the transfer of a licence in terms of section 65(1)
    (b) Application for the transfer of a licence in terms of section 65(3)
    250
    250
    11.Application for the removal of a licence in terms of section 66(2)500
    12.(a) Application for exemption in terms of section 84(2)
    (b) Granting of an application for exemption in terms of section 84(2)
    500
    500
    13.Requests for reasons for a decision by the Liquor Licensing Tribunal200
    14.Application for a copy of a licence and the conditions thereto or of any application100
Provided by:
Government Body: (Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government)
Price:

Fees Payable in Respect of Licences, Transfers, Removals, Renewals and Upon Granting Certain Applications

 

PART A

PART B

PART C

Item

Fees payable in respect of a new licence and upon granting of certain applications

Fees payable in respect of the transfer or removal of a licence

Renewal fees

1. On-consumption licence

R1 500

R1 000

R3 000

2. Off-consumption licence

R1 500

R1 000

R3 000

3. On and off-consumption licence

R1 500

R1 000

R5 000

4. Micro-manufacturing licence

R1 500

R1 000

R3 000

5. Temporary liquor licence

R250/day

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-

6. Special events liquor licence

R150/day

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-

7. Altering licensed premises

 

-

-

8. Change nature of licences business

R150

-

-

9. Conduct business on premises on which another business is conducted

R150

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The content on this page was last updated on 8 May 2014