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Liquor Distribution Business


Choose below to read all the Basic Liquor Licence Information (A) you need to know OR More Liquor Licence Information (B) for a more in depth look about a Distribution liquor licence.

Before you scroll down, consider this -
Can you think of any liquor store which has closed permanently? No? This gives you some idea of the value, potential and permanency of a liquor store liquor licence. It’s worthwhile persevering to get a Distribution licence and to hold onto your Distribution licence once you have it.

A. BASIC INFORMATION ON A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE

HOW TO APPLY ("GET") FOR A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE APPLICATION

You must submit a comprehensive, written application to the National Liquor Board.  You will have to include information, zoning documents, photos and detailed plans of your proposed Distribution premises.   You need to show the licensing authorities what you have in mind. This means proving that there is a demand from the public for a liquor distribution business in South Africa. They can only visualize your liquor store if your application is professional, detailed and accurate. If not, your application will be postponed or refused. Read more on the Distribution licence application process below.

HOW TO RENEW ("KEEP") A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE = YEARLY RENEWAL

Once you have your Distribution licence, you need to do everything you can to keep it valid. You do this by renewing it every 12 months, with a formal application.  Please go to the “Licence Renewal Section” for all the information you’ll need to ensure your licence remains valid and keeps on generating a profit.

HOW TO BUY OR SELL A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

Buying a Distribution licence allows you to use the existing liquor licence to continue to manufacture and sell or distribute liquor. You don’t have to apply for a new Distribution licence. You continue selling liquor without any interruption while the Distribution liquor licence is being transferred to you.

However, it is absolutely vital to safeguard your investment by checking that the licence documents are valid and up to date. Don't run the risk of being stopped by liquor authorities for trading with an invalid liquor licence. Do a licence compliance check - it's like having your dentist fix the small holes to avoid the root canal treatment! The most important items to check are :

FREE Liquor licence compliance check :

ORDER Licence documents :

COST OF A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE

The cost structure of a Distribution licence is quite simple. It costs can be described as follows :

DISTRIBUTION LIQUOR LICENCE TRADING HOURS

Distribution licence trading hours are valid for all 9 provinces.   

NB - A Distribution licence owner needs to know the liquor trading hours for a Distribution licence at all times. If not, chances are good to get fined or having to pay penalties or - even lose the business.

Contact Us if you want to know the liquor trading hours for your Distribution licence. Even better – subscribe to our free newsletter and you’ll be updated on import liquor licensing matters.

B. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES?

WHY IS A LIQUOR LICENCE IMPORTANT FOR LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES

It’s obvious, isn’t it? No liquor licence = no Liquor Distribution business! That’s why a liquor licence is the main and most important asset of a Liquor Distribution business. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE?

You can do the following : 

DIFFERENT KINDS OF LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES

Liquor Distribution businesses can be found in all sizes and locations. The basic options are the following :

Ownership

Location

LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS TARGET MARKET 

The target market of a Distribution Liquor licence really is any holder of a legal, retail liquor licence, for instance liquor stores, restaurants, etc. 

 A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

A Distribution licence can be an excellent income generator, as it is versatile and allows you to sell liquor in a number of ways -

To discuss additional options, don’t hesitate to Contact Us 

RUNNING COST OF A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE

A Distribution licence’s running cost is relatively inflexible and stable. Rent, staff salaries, insurance, advertising, security covers 90% of overheads. The great thing therefore is that overheads costs are very predictable with little or no unpleasant surprises, making planning extremely easy, as well as keeping to a budget.

COST OF BUYING OR SELLING A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE

Good news. There’s a Distribution licence to be found for everyone’s budget. The asking price is usually directly related to its –

Depending on your personal circumstances and budget, you may want to buy a Distribution licence or start a large Distribution licence. Contact Us – we’ll refer you to reputable business broker in your area.

LICENCE COMPLIANCE AUDITNON NEGOTIABLE

All licence holders – those with a licence or those thinking about applying for a liquor licence – must have a Licence Compliance Audit done. Why? Apart from being very convenient, it gives -

More importantly – getting up to date licensing information is the best way of ensuring you won’t be fined or face legal action. Talk to us about checking if a licence is valid and compliant. You cannot afford not to! – customized for your business and premises.

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