SPECIAL EVENT LIQUOR LICENCES

SPECIAL EVENT LIQUOR LICENCES

Section 48. (4) of the WESTERN CAPE LIQUOR ACT, 4 of 2008 as amended by the Western Cape Liquor Amendment Act, 10 of 2010 indicates that the Presiding Officer may upon application by –
- an educational institution, other than a school as defined in section 1 of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996);
- a welfare or cultural organisation;
- the organiser of an exhibition;
- the secretary, manager or chief steward of a bona fide race or sports meeting or similar event; or
- the organiser of an artistic performance,
in the prescribed manner and upon the payment of the prescribed fee, grant a special event liquor licence for the sale of liquor for consumption on or off the premises on which liquor is sold at a special event.
An application for a special event liquor licence must be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the special event.
A special event liquor licence is subject to the conditions referred to in section 49 ( no liquor on credit) and where applicable, such other conditions and restrictions as the Liquor Licensing Tribunal may impose.
There are a mistake in the act by mentioning “liquor licence Tribunal” it should read
“Presiding Officer”
( No one can apply in a private capacity or personal profits for a Special Event Licence. For personal profits you need to be a licence holder to be able to apply for a Temporary Liquor licence.
As for - an educational institution, other than a school as defined in section 1 of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996):
It means that the School itself cannot apply for a special event licence, but a licence holder can apply for a temporary licence on school grounds but not the school itself nor the governing body.
A Special Event Liquor Licence application is exactly the same information that needs to be submitted and work as a new licence. The costs involve are the same than a new application as for the work involve.
The new Liquor Act makes this almost impossible for any events in this regard. The Government in the Western Cape (specially the municipality) are focussing on preventing special events licence applications which have an enormous negative effect on the economy.