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Application for a Microbrewery or Distillery 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 Microbrewery or Distillery.

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 microbrewery or distillery and to hold onto your microbrewery or distillery once you have it.

A. BASIC INFORMATION ON A MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY

HOW TO GET A MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY = 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 microbrewery or distillery application process below.

HOW TO KEEP A MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY = YEARLY RENEWAL

Once you have your microbrewery or distillery, 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 MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

Buying a licensed microbrewery or distillery allows you to use the existing liquor licence to continue to manufacture and sell liquor. You don’t have to apply for a new microbrewery or distillery. 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 MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY

The cost structure of a microbrewery or distillery 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 microbrewery or distillery owner needs to know the liquor trading hours for a microbrewery or distillery 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 MICROBREWERIES OR DISTILLERIES?

WHY IS A LIQUOR LICENCE IMPORTANT FOR MICROBREWERIES OR DISTILLERIES?

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

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY?

You can sell all kinds of liquor in a microbrewery or distillery 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

Microbreweries or Distilleries 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 microbrewery or distillery really is anyone over the legal drinking age.

A LIQUOR STORE AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

A microbrewery or distillery 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 MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY

A microbrewery or distillery’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 MICROBREWERY OR DISTILLERY

Good news. There’s a microbrewery or distillery 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 microbrewery or distillery or start a large microbrewery or distillery. 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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