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Application for a Deli 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 Deli.

LIQUOR FACT - A Deli is the chameleon of all licensed businesses. Why?  Because it changes its character (“colours”), depending on what is best for it in each commercial situation.   Explain? It is a –

  • Liquor Store when it wants to sell liquor for consumption off the Deli premises and it is a
  • Supermarket when it wants to sell limited quantity items of high quality and it is a
  • Restaurant when it wants to sell liquor and dishes for consumption on the Deli premises.   

Note - This can double the income from your Sport Bar or Pub. 

This unique character of a Deli gives some idea of the value, potential and permanency of a Deli liquor licence. It’s worth biting the bullet to get a Deli licence and to hold onto your Deli licence once you have it.

A. BASIC INFORMATION ON A DELI LICENCE

HOW TO GET A DELI 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 Deli. 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 Deli in the area. They can only visualize your Deli if your application is professional, detailed and accurate. If not, your application will be postponed or refused. Read more on the Deli licence application process below. 

HOW TO KEEP A DELI LICENCE = YEARLY RENEWAL

Once you have your Deli 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 DELI LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

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

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

DELI TRADING HOURS

Deli 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 Deli in Cape Town (Western Cape province) may trade until 20h00, but in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape province) only until 17h00. This can become quite complicated, for instance :

NB - A Deli owner needs to know the liquor trading hours for Deli’s 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 DELIS? 

WHY IS A LIQUOR LICENCE IMPORTANT FOR A DELI?

It’s obvious, isn’t it? It is a very important asset to have for a Deli.  Why? It offers a unique opportunity to -

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DELI LICENCE?

The question should rather be - what can’t you do with a Deli liquor licence?  Depending in which province the Deli is located, it may be limited to sell wine.   Therefore, a Deli liquor licence will be allowed to sell liquor for one or both of the following ways :  

DIFFERENT KINDS OF DELIS

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

Ownership

Location

DELI TARGET MARKET 

The target market of a Deli really is anyone over the legal drinking age.   Minors will be allowed on the premises, if they are in the company of an adult and food is served together with liquor.

 A DELI AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

A Deli 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 DELI

A Deli’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 DELI LICENCE

Good news. There’s a Deli 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 Deli. 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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