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Application for a Liquor Boutique Liquor Licence


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 liquor licence for a Boutique Liquor Store.

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

A. BASIC INFORMATION ON A BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE

HOW TO GET A BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE APPLICATION

You must submit a comprehensive, written application to the Liquor Board, Liquor Officer and Local Authority (Municipality) of the province in which your premises is located. You will have to include information, zoning documents, photos and detailed plans of your proposed boutique liquor store. 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 boutique liquor store in the area. They can only visualize your boutique liquor store if your application is professional, detailed and accurate. If not, your application will be postponed or refused. Read more on the boutique liquor store licence application process below.

HOW TO KEEP A BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE = YEARLY RENEWAL

Once you have your boutique liquor store licence, you need to do everything you can to keep it valid. You do this by renewing it every 12 months. 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 BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

Buying a licensed boutique liquor store allows you to use the existing liquor licence to trade. You don’t have to apply for a new boutique liquor store licence. You continue selling liquor without any interruption while the boutique liquor store’s 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 BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE

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

BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE TRADING HOURS

Boutique 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 boutique liquor store in Rustenburg (North West province) may trade until 20h00, but in Bloemfontein (Free State province) only until 19h00. This can become quite complicated, for instance :

NB - A boutique liquor store owner needs to know the liquor trading hours for boutique liquor stores 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 area. Even better – Subscribe to our free newsletter and you’ll be updated on import liquor licensing matters.

B. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORES? 

WHY IS A LIQUOR LICENCE IMPORTANT FOR LIQUOR / BOTTLE STORE?

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

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE?

You can sell all kinds of liquor in a boutique liquor store directly to the public. Remember, they aren't allowed to open the bottle and drink it in the boutique liquor store. You have to take it away with you and you can then enjoy your liquor at home, take it to a restaurant or party or wherever it is legal to drink.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORES

Boutique liquor stores can be found in all sizes and locations. The basic options are the following :

Ownership

Location

BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE TARGET MARKET 

The target market of a boutique liquor store really is anyone over the legal drinking age.

 A BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

A boutique liquor store 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 BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE

A boutique liquor store’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 A BOUTIQUE LIQUOR STORE LICENCE

Good news. There’s a boutique liquor store 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 boutique wine store or start a large boutique liquor store. 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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