FAQs

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Who May not Apply for a Liquor Licence?

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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.
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

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How is the Application Lodged?

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An application for a liquor licence can be lodged in a last Friday of any month, before 14:00.

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How Many Categories of Licence in the Western Cape?

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Four licence types, excluding temporary and special event licences. These licences are:

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. ( On means tasting facilities or a restaurant together with the manufacturer)
Consumption On - a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises where the liquor is sold.
Consumption Off - a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption off the premises where the liquor is sold.
and 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.
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.

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How does a Temporary liquor licence work, can I apply for one.

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The majority of people completely misunderstand what a Temporary liquor licence is. you cannot borrow an licence. The liquor act clearly stated that only licence holders of an on consumption licence can apply for a temporary liquor licence 30 days per year. what that means is only when you are an licence holder already you can use that licence.
So if you need to trade before your licence is issued, the answer " You cannot trade in Liquor"

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Can I trade while my liquor licence in submitted but not approved?

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No, you are not allowed to trade unless your liquor licence is issued (Form 11)

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What are the requirements for a Liquor Licence?

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First you need to have a premises and provide proof that may occupy the premises by a lease agreement or if you are the owner of the property, the title deed.
You need proper plan drawn up according to the Liquor Act requirements.
Then one proper motivation, with all the required information the liquor act require.
A proper consultant can assist you in that.

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If i never store liquor, do I need a premises.

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Yes you do, information regarding that can be provided to by a consultant.
There is no licence that exist for any mobile bar.