What to know when you want to apply for a liquor license

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    Types of Liquor Licenses.


    Liquor Licenses are divided in two distinct categories namely On Consumption Liquor   License (Liquor sold may only be consumed on the premises and may not be removed from the premises) and Off Consumption Liquor License (Liquor sold may not be consumed on   the premises.) In addition to this the law provides for aDistributors Liquor License or Wholesale Liquor License(Liquor may only be sold to licensed entities such as Liquor Stores, Pubs and other) and Manufacturers Liquor License
    Eventually each Province will have its own Provincial Liquor Act. The requirements and  types of licenses may differ from province to province.

    Renewal of Liquor Licenses.

    All Liquor Licenses must be renewed annually. Should a Liquor License holder fail to renew, the Liquor License will expire after specific time. Should a Liquor License expire, a new Liquor License applicationmust be lodged. 

    Lodgement of Liquor License Applications.


    Liquor Licenses can only be lodged on the first Friday of every month. Advertisements in the Government Gazette have a deadline (roughly in the middle of the month). Should one of these dates be missed, the lodgement of the Liquor License is delayed by a month. 
    We will advise the applicant which information is required for the submission of his Liquor License Application. We cannot lodge an application with outstanding information. 

    Other requirements

    A major factor remains the zoning of the property. Your local Municipality`s Planning Department or Land Use Department can confirm the suitability of a premises for an  application for a specific Liquor License, should it be a Liquor Store, Restaurant, Tavern,   Club or any other Liquor License
    The Applicant of the Liquor License must be domiciled in South Africa, have no criminal record, may not be insolvent or a minor and must be in good standing at the Receiver of Revenue, to name only a few requirements. It is important to remember that: A manager must be appointed should the holder of the Liquor License not be available to manage and be responsible for the business. Before any alterations or extensions of the licensed premises are made, the license holder must apply to theLiquor Board for approval.

    The licensee shall at all times display at a conspicuous place on the premises the Liquor  License. It is advisable to attach the proof of payment of the Liquor License for the current year to the license.

    In Gauteng;  The licensee shall ensure that the name of the Business, type of Business, type of Liquor License, times of Business and Liquor License number are visibly written in characters of larger than 5 centimetres in height, on the front door or window of the licensed premises.

    Choosing a Liquor License Consultant

    The applicant must take great care in choosing a Liquor License Consultant. Unfortunately there are many unethical and incompetent Liquor License Consultants.

    To safeguard yourself use the following check points to evaluate a Liquor License consultant.                   

    1. Ask for references and proof that the Liquor Licenses of the references given to you have been issued by the Liquor Board.
    2. Ask for a written quote. Ask the questions – what is included/excluded? What cost must be paid by the applicant once the Liquor License is handed to him

    (Does the Liquor Consultant pay the application fee, floor plan, photos, advertisements in the Government Gazette/Newspapers; does he pay for  the Liquor Traders registration (if applicable)?

    1. How long has the Liquor License consultant been operating? Ask for proof of his first successful Liquor License that was issued by the Liquor Board.
    2. Ask for identification of the Liquor License Consultant and record it.  

    Please note. 
    Section 23 (3) of the Gauteng Liquor Act 2 of 2003
    Where an application for a license has been refused by the Board, NO new application may be made in respect of the same premises within 1 (one) year from the date of refusal, except by special leave granted at the discretion of the Board.   It is therefore critical to choose your Liquor License Consultant with care.


    More information on www.liquorlicensing.co.za

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