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Distribution & Export Liquor Licence Application


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”) 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. The NLA liquor inspector will submit a report after an inspection.

HOW TO RENEW (“KEEP”) A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE = PROTECT YOUR LICENCE

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, which is done by way of a formal application.  You have to submit a renewal application with supporting documents each year. 

Important to remember :

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

Want to start distributing liquor immediately?  Then you should consider buying a distribution licence.  You can distribute liquor legally while waiting for the distribution liquor licence to be transferred to you.  

However, be warned! You must always check the licensing documents.  Why?  You won’t be able to sell any liquor if the licence documents aren’t ok.   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 :

LIQUOR STORE TRADING HOURS

Liquor store trading hours are different for each province and/or Municipality. Each province and/or Municipality decide on its own liquor trading hours. For example - A liquor store in Polokwane (Limpopo province) may trade until 24h00, but in Mbombela (Mpumalanga province) only until 20h00. This can become quite complicated, for instance :

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.

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B. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT A DISTRIBUTION LIQUOR LICENCE?  

WHY DOES A BUSINESS LIKE A LIQUOR STORE, BREWERY, DISTILLERY OR WINERY – NEED A DISTRIBUTION LIQUOR LICENCE?

It’s quite simple –

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DISTRIBUTION LICENCE?

You can market your liquor products to other holders of retail liquor licences –

Where?

How?

GOOD INDICATORS OF WHEN TO START A LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES

There may be a good business opportunity to distribute liquor in your area – if the following factors are present :

DIFFERENT KINDS OF A LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES

Wine farms or Tasting rooms can be found in all sizes and locations. The basic options are the following :

Ownership

Location

TARGET MARKET OF A LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS 

The target market of a Distribution licence is any holder of a retail liquor licence, such as the holder of a liquor licence for a liquor store, supermarket, deli, restaurant, hotel, coffee shop, lodge, guesthouse, B&B, etc.   Remember -  a Distribution Licence holder cannot sell liquor directly to the public.  

 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 some of the cheapest of all licences.   Some Distribution Licence Holders have large storage premises, which can be costly.   However, a liquor distributor can also operate from a very small premises.  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.

Contact Us to discuss affordable ways to operate a distribution liquor licence over the long term.

COST OF BUYING 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 AUDIT – AN ABSOLUTE MUST!

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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