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Application for a Liquor Store 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 liquor store licence and to hold onto your liquor store licence once you have it.

A. BASIC INFORMATION ON A LIQUOR STORE LICENCE

HOW TO GET A 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 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 liquor store in the area. 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 liquor store licence application process below.

HOW TO KEEP A LIQUOR STORE LICENCE = YEARLY RENEWAL

Once you have your 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 LIQUOR STORE LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

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

The cost structure of a liquor store 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 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 liquor store owner needs to know the liquor trading hours for 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 LIQUOR STORES? 

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

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

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A LIQUOR STORE LICENCE?

You can sell all kinds of liquor in a liquor store directly to the public. Remember, they aren't allowed to open the bottle and drink it in the 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 LIQUOR STORES

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

Ownership

Location

LIQUOR STORE TARGET MARKET 

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

 A LIQUOR STORE AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

A 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 LIQUOR STORE

A 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 LIQUOR STORE LICENCE

Good news. There’s a 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 liquor store. Contact Us – we’ll refer you to reputable business broker in your area.

LICENCE COMPLIANCE AUDIT – NON 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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