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  • What is an On Consumption liquor licence?

    It licences you to sell liquor – 

    • ON a premises, and 
    • The liquor must be consumed ON the premises only

    Therefore, liquor cannot be taken out of the licensed premises to drink somewhere else.

  • What is an Off Consumption Liquor Licence?

    An "Off Consumption" liquor licence allows you to sell liquor –

    • FROM a premises or ONLINE (internet), BUT
    • The liquor must be taken away and consumed OFF the premises only

    What does this mean?

    This means the customer buys the liquor from you in the licensed premises, such as a Liquor Store.  But -  the customer cannot open the container and drink it in the shop where it was bought (such as a Liquor Store) .  The customer must take the liquor out of the door of the premises and drink it somewhere else outside the licensed premises where it was bought.   

  • Which licensed businesses sell liquor for Off Consumption?

    The following businesses sell liquor for "Off Consumption" to the public

    • Liquor Store
    • Supermarket
    • Deli
    • Winery
    • Brewery
    • Distillery

    This means they sell the liquor on the licensed premises, such as a Liquor Store, but the customer cannot drink it in the Liquor Store.  The customer must take the liquor away from the premises and drink it somewhere else where it is legal to drink.  

  • What is a Distribution liquor licence?

    It is a National, Wholesale liquor licence, meaning the licence holder can sell liquor –

    • To retail liquor licence holders only
    • In all 9 provinces of South Africa
    • Online selling allowed and popular

    Contact Us for more information on how to Apply or Buy a Distribution Liquor Licence.  

  • When does a distributor of liquor require a liquor license?

    Many people want to sell liquor, but they are scared they may be doing so illegally. 

    The main Question - Do you take ownership of the liquor before you sell / distribute it? 

    Answer - If the distributor takes ownership of the liquor he buys from the producer (winery, brewery, distillery) before he/she sells it to other liquor licence holder - he needs a distribution liquor licence. 

    NB - If the distributor only acts as an agent for the seller and receives sales commission from either the Producer or the Buyer, he does not need a distribution liquor licence.  

    Extremely Important - You need to contact a licensing expert such as LiquorWise when you want to or are already selling liquor to buyers.   Many liquor traders have run into big problems with SARS because they did not consult with a licensing expert to discuss the correct way in which the liquor traders' paperwork should be handled - even if the advice is that you don't need a liquor licence. 

    Contact Us - Don't take a unnecessary chance.  You don't want to put the business at risk for which you have sacrificed so much. 

  • Which licensed businesses need a Distribution liquor licence?

    Distribution of Liquor

    A Businesses who is licensed to sell liquor directly to the public - on site or delivery or online - cannot sell liquor to other liquor licence holders.   To do that, they need a Distribution Liquor Licence.   A distribution liquor licence can therefore be described as a wholesale liquor licence.

    Therefore, the following licensed liquor outlets will require a Distribution Liquor Licence to sell liquor to other licence holders like restaurants, hotels, etc. - 

    • Liquor Stores
    • Supermarkets
    • Deli's
    • Wineries
    • Breweries
    • Distilleries

    A Distribution liquor licence differs from a retail liquor licence, which is required when a business wants to sell liquor directly to the public (on site or delivery or online). 

    Liquor Fact - A Distribution Liquor Licence will allow you to sell liquor - 

    • In all 9 South African provinces, as well as 
    • To export.

    Contact Us for any applications or information about Distribution Licence Applications.

  • What is a Micro Manufacturing liquor licence?

    It's a Provincial, Retail liquor licence, meaning that the licence holder can sell liquor : 

    • Manufactured ON the licensed premises only
    • To the public only
    • To be consumed either ON or OFF the premises
    • Within the provincial borders, and
    • Online marketing and selling is allowed (popular)
  • Which licensed businesses need a Micro Manufacturing liquor licence?

    Any business who wants to manufacture liquor for sale, will first have to apply for a Micro Manufacturering liquor licence.   

    The process includes getting a certificate from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to confirm that the liquor which will be manufactured will not be a "concoction".

    Examples of businesses which will need a micro manucfacturing liquor licence are :

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    Contact Us to manage your application for a micro manufacturing liquor licence from start to finish!

  • I have a winery and also want to brew and sell craft beer. Do I need another/new liquor licence?

    A winery usually has a micro-manufacturer’s licence, allowing the manufacturing of wine only.   You would have to apply to the Liquor Board for consent to manufacture and sell other liquor, such as craft beer or gin/vodka etc. 

  • My winery has a license with an approval to offer wine for tasting. Am I allowed to sell wine by the glass or bottle to visitors to enjoy e.g. with a cheese platter or picnic lunch?

    The approval for tasting only permits you to offer a small quantity of wine so that the visitor can decide whether to purchase your wine. If wine is sold by the glass or bottle to drink on the premises an appropriate on-consumption licence is required.

  • What is an On & Off consumption liquor licence?

    NB - It is a very valuable and scarce type of licence, because it combines all the benefits of an On Consumption liquor licence (restaurant) with an Off Consumption liquor licence (Liquor Store).   Exceptional circumstances must exist, to be successful with an application to the Liquor Board.

    Covid19 - This kind of licence has become even more valuable due to Covid19, because licence holders can also deliver liquor when they can't sell it on their premises.

    The Licence Holder can therefore sell liquor which can be consumed –

    • ON the premises it was sold, as well as
    • OFF the premises (liquor consumed away from the premises)

    Liquor Fact - Many people call this licence the "secret" liquor licence, because very few people know about it.

    Contact Us - We can qualify your business for an On & Off Consumption liquor licence. 

  • Which licensed businesses sell liquor for On & Off consumption?

    Businesses who may typically be licensed to sell liquor for On & Off consumption would be the following : 

    • Restaurants
    • Deli's

    The scope is very limited and an application for an On & Off Consumption liquor licence has to be prepared with extreme care and skill.   Needless to say this is a job for an experienced professional. 

    Contact Us for advice on whether you may qualify for an On & Off Consumption Liquor Licence.   You won't regret it!

  • HOW LONG does it take to get a liquor licence?

    Your Time = Money!   

    • The Average Lead Time : 3 - 6 months.  Our record = 6 weeks! 
    • How do we do it? - We work very hard from the start to finish.  
    • You can’t win the licensing race by sprinting the first half, only to walk to the end.   
    • For those who keep on knocking, the door will open!!

    The factors determining the cost of a liquor licence are :

    • The Kind of liquor licence you want;
    • The Province in which the premises is located, and
    • The Time & Effort required to submit a properly drafted application.
    • Your Assistance and willingness to help.

    Contact Us to discuss your application and timelines which would suit you. 


  • COST to GET a liquor licence?

    NB - COST FACTS:

    • Cost will be different for each licence application.
    • Costs are different
      • for each province
      • for each service provider

    GENERAL SUMMARY OF ALL FEES

    • Consultant Fees
      • Mostly an all-inclusive fee
      • The fee covers all the work to be done from start to finish
    • Liquor Board / Authority Fees
      • Application Fee (to allow your application to be submitted)
      • Licence Fee (to have your licence is issued/printed)
    • Local Newspaper Fees
      • Advertisements (on the date your application is submitted)
    • Government Gazette Fees
      • Advertisement (on the date your application is submitted)
    • Draftsman / Architect Fees
      • Floor Plan (if not available)
      • Site Plan (if not available)
    • Town Planner Fees
      • Zoning Application Fees (if your premises needs to be rezoned)

    APPLY ONLINE NOW   Let’s get you started!

    Contact Us for any other questions you may have - we're ready to help you!



  • COST to KEEP your liquor licence?

    KEEP & PROTECT your liquor licence!   It's a VALUABLE ASSET!

    You MUST protect your licence by paying the following fees :

      • Licence Renewal Fee (paid annually)
      • Penalties  (only if you failed to pay your Licence Renewal Fee on time) 
      • Fines (only if you failed to keep to your licence conditions)

    SUBSCRIBE to our comprehensive Licence Service Package for only R50/month - it includes a proven Renewal Service.  

    Contact Us today for this valueble option!

    Don't take any chances with such a valuable asset which has always generated valuable income!

  • Requirements for a New Liquor Licence?

    There are two main requirements to qualify and get approval of a liquor licence application :

    • Applicant (read more HERE) – hierdie link moet lei na die FAQ – Who can apply…
    • Premises (read more HERE) - hierdie link moet lei na die FAQ – Premises for a liquor lic…
  • RENEWAL of a Liquor Licence - All the facts

    COST OF LIQUOR LICENCE RENEWAL?

    The cost to renew (and protect) a liquor licence depends on –

    • the province in which the licensed premises is located, and
    • the kind of liquor licence

    because :

    • renewal fees are differentf or -
      • each licence type, and
      • each province;
    • renewal procedure is different in each province.

    Contact Us for advice on what has to be done and let us help you to safely renew you liquor licence!

    WHEN MUST YOUR LIQUOR LICENCE BE RENEWED?

    All liquor licences must be renewed annually.   Your licence renewal payment date will depend on whether your liquor licence renewal cycle is linked to a calendar year or not. One of the following 2 options will apply to each new licence holder –

    • Linked to a calendar year (1 Jan – 31 Dec) :  If your licence renewal fee cycle is linked to a calendar year, you don’t have to pay the annual licence renewal fee for the remainder of the calendar year in which your licence application was approved.   You will have to pay your first licence renewal fee before 31 December in the calendar year in which your licence was issued - for the next calendar year.  If you licence was issued on 1 April 2020, you will have to pay your licence renewal fee before 31 December 2020.
    • Not linked to a calendar year :  If your licence renewal fee cycle is not linked to a calendar year, you won’t have to pay a licence renewal fee for the 12 month period following the issuing date of your liquor licence. You will have to pay your first licence renewal fee before the end of the 12 month cycle following the issuing date of your liquor licence.   If you licence was issued on 1 April 2020, you will have to pay your licence renewal fee before 1 April 2021.

    CONSEQUENCES OF NON RENEWAL

    This is the easiest, but worst answer to give - Your licence will lapse permanently  

    Liquor Fact -  5% - 10% of all liquor licences lapse permanently each year.   This is due to a large number of reasons, such as :

    • The Manager plain forgot to do the renewal;
    • There was a change in staff and the new guy/girl didn't know the liquor licence had to be renewed;
    • It wasn't clear who was responsible to do the renewal of the liquor licence, so no one took any action;
    • The licensed business closed down;
    • Cash flow problems. 

    Don't risk becoming a sad statistic in this section.   Appoint LiquorWise to attend to the renewal of your liquor licence and enjoy peace of mind.

  • Liquor Boards - How do they work?

    Contact Us for any information you need about Liquor Boards.  

    We deal with them on a daily basis and have build up many valuable, long standing relationships with Liquor Board staff. 

    The are 2 kinds of Liquor Boards who evaluate all liquor licence applications :

    • Provincial Liquor Boards
      • Each province has its own Liquor Board
      • They deal with retail liquor licence applications only.  This means the the licence holders may only sell to the public
      • Each Liquor Board –
        • operates independently from each other
        • sets its own agenda for meetings. Some meets every week and others at the end of each month.
        • uses its own, unique licence application processing system
        • uses either its own liquor licence inspectors or designated liquor officers (police) to enforce liquor licence conditions


    • National Liquor Authority (NLA)
      • The NLA deals with Distribution (wholesale) Licence applications only.
      • The NLA do not receive licence applicants at their offices.
      • The NLA has its own liquor licence inspectors



     


  • LIQUOR TRADING HOURS - How does it work?

    LIQUOR TRADING HOURS

    Liquor trading hours is part of the conditions of each liquor licence.  

    NB - You and all your staff must be aware of the liquor trading hours for your licensed business.  

    Who decides liquor trading hours?

    Liquor trading hours are strictly prescribed and controlled by -

    • Liquor Boards or 
    • Municipalities.  

    Liquor Trading Hours are different for each kind of business, for example : 

    • Off consumption liquor outlets (bottle stores, etc) will usually have shorter trading hours than 
    • On consumption liquor outlets (restaurants, etc), who will usually be open from 08h00/10h00 to 02h00, compared to 
    • Micro-manufacturers (wine farms, microbreweries) (08h00 - 24h00), and 
    • Event / Temporary liquor licence trading hours, which will be for the duration of the event only and depend on the type of event. 

    Who checks up or enforce liquor trading hours?

    Liquor trading hours are enforced by either the local liquor officer or municipal law enforcement officers

    Contact Us to be sure about the liquor trading hours for your area.


                                        



  • Why do I need a New Liquor Licence?

    Because Government says you do!   

    Tax - They allow liquor licence holders to profit from the sale of liquor - in exchange for collecting enormous amounts of tax in exchange for allowing    

    Control - they also require licence holders comply to and enforce a lot of rules – called licence conditions.   The idea behind it is to use liquor licence conditions to control the sale of liquor and the public's exposure to liquor, by limiting -

    • the hours when liquor may be sold, as well as 
    • to whom liquor may be sold. 

    A humorous definition of a licence is – “a right which belonged to the people, taken away by government, then given back to the people,  but against payment”!

  • WHEN do I need a Liquor Licence?

    You need a liquor licence if you want to do the following with liquor :


    • Sell liquor to the public :
      • Directly (bottle store, restaurant, etc)
      • Online (internet)


    • Manufacture liquor :
      • Brewing beer
      • Distilling Gin, Brandy, etc
      • Producing wine


    • Distribute liquor to retail licence holders:
      • Manufacturer
      • Liquor Distributor
      • Exporter

    Contact LiquorWise to assist you to manage the complete licensing process from start to finish. 

  • Premises - Requirements to qualify for a Liquor Licence?

    Each premises has to meet certain standards – determined by Liquor Laws and Liquor Boards. Therefore, all the areas of the premises must be described in detail.   To help the Liquor Board to decide, the following must be included in the liquor licence application :

    • a floor plan;
    • a site plan, and
    • photos

    The Liquor Board also takes various other factors of the premises into account, such as :

    • Its zoning status
    • Its Location, and
    • Safety measures.
  • FINES & PENALTIES

    Fines & Penalties will be charged if licence holder, staff or customers do not enforce or keep to the licence conditions.

    The RESULT for non-compliance can be 1 or more of the following :

    FINES - It can be more than R100 000 per transgression, as well as a negative licence record with the Liquor Board.   The amount of the fines depends on the seriousness of the transgression.   Examples of this would be when a holder of an on consumption liquor licence (restaurant) allows -

    •  a customer to leave the licensed premises with liquor, which the customer will consume somewhere else.  
    • liquor to be sold to-
      • minors (under 18 yrs)
      • customers who are clearly drunk
    • liquor to be sold on credit.

    PENALTIES - are usually payable when licence holders fail to pay their yearly licence renewal fees on time.   The amount of the penalty will depend on how long after the due date the payment is made. 

    SUSPENSION - Licences may be suspended or cancelled by the Liquor Board.  This typically done in case of very serious transgressions of the licence conditions.

    CANCELLATION - The Liquor Board can cancel a licence permanently.  This will be the result of a licence holder failing in his duty to ensure compliance with the conditions of the liquor licence in a serious way. 

  • WHO will qualify for a Liquor Licence?

    The following persons are disqualified from being a liquor licence holder :

    • A minor (younger than 18 years of age)
    • An unrehabilitated insolvent (
    • A person, who had previously been a licence holder, but whose licence had been withdrawn (cancelled) by the liquor board.
    • Persons who served a prison sentence without the option of a fine in the preceding 10 years;
    • The wife or husband of any of the above persons

    Want to know if you will qualify for a liquor licence?

    Contact Us for your Liquor Licence Application Kit to find out!

  • HOW and WHEN is a Liquor Licence transferred?

    Licence transfer - when & how?

    You will need to submit an application to transfer a liquor licence in a number of cases, such as when -

    • Buying or selling a business with one or more liquor licences
    • Inheriting a business with a liquor licence

    3 applications are required to be lodged to ensure the licensed business can carry on trading and generating income from liquor sales without any interruption. These are : 

    1. Application to transfer the liquor licence;

    2. Application for consent to carry on trading pending the approval of the transfer application (No 1 above), and

    3. Application(s) for appointment of a manager(s).

    The applications to transfer a liquor licence are probably the most common of all licence applications.  Therefore, it should be one of the easiest licence applications, but it isn't.  Why?  You're -

    • Dealing with 2 parties - buyer and seller - who have different expectations. One is getting involved and the other wants to get out!
    • Dealing with a business broker - who is mostly clued up on the business side of things, but not on the legal requirements for the transfer of the liquor licence or details of the licensing process.
    • Dealing with an agreement of sale - most often including a basic, short, inadequate liquor licence clause, which doesn't describe the most important aspects of how the licence transfer must be treated. 

    This is why it can become a logistical nightmare and a business risk to the buyer if not handled very carefully by an experienced licensing expert. 

    LiquorWise will manage the complete process of transferring your liquor licence and will specifically attend to the following : 

    • We engage with all role players to ensure -
      • we are aware of their respective needs and expectations;
      • they are up to date with what will be required from them regarding documentation, the licensing process and action;
    • We do a complete licensing audit (due diligence) to check that -
      • the liquor licence is valid;
      • the required licence documents are on the licensed premises;
      • the premises complies to all Liquor Laws.
    • We peruse the Deed of Sale and suggest any amendments which we feel are necessary to ensure a smooth licensing process and favourable outcome.
    • We collect the correct Information and Documentation
    • We draft all required applications, send and collect documents to be signed, as well as lodging the applications to the Liquor Board and Liquor Officer.
    • We follow up with all role players until the applications have been approved, keeping everyone updated during the course of the licensing process. 

    Contact Us today and allow us to assist you with the transfer of a liquor licence you are involved with.  Many buyers, sellers, attorneys, business brokers and liquor licence officers will be happy to confirm our excellent licence management skills!

  • MOVING a Liquor Licence to a new premises?

    It happens - You want to move your licensed business to a new premises, because:

    • You've outgrown your current premises
    • There are no practical way of expanding your licensed premises
    • You can get a much better rental deal on another premises
    • You get an opportunity to carry on your business on a much more attractive premises

    How to do it?  You have to submit an application to the Liquor Board.  The application is very similar to an application for a new liquor licence.  This means it has to be advertised and the public gets a period to submit their comments (if any).   The waiting period for your liquor licence approval will be much the same as with an application for a new liquor licence. 

    Pick up and trade? You may feel that you can pick up your liquor licence and start trading on your new premises.   After all, you may have been trading successfully and complied to all liquor laws for many years!

    You can't!  There is a no such thing as a "mobile liquor licence". This means you can't take your liquor licence from your current premises,  put in your pocket,  display it in your new premises and start trading.  

    Solution?  Some Liquor Boards will allow you to trade on your new premises, while you are waiting for the approval of your application to move your licence.   However, you need expert advice on the process required to get such approval.

    Therefore - Contact Us - if you want to start trading on your new premises while you're waiting for the approval to move your current liquor licence to your new premises. 

      



  • Changing the SHAREHOLDING of a licensed business?

    Partners, Directors & Shareholders sell or buy shares for any number of reasons.   


    NB - It is important to remember that if you sell 5% or more of the shares in the licensed business, it triggers an duty to submit an application for approval of the transfer of such financial interest.  

    This means the sale of the shares in the licensed business can be valid between the parties, but it will only keep the liquor licence valid after the Liquor Board has approved it. 

    WHY? The Liquor Laws require that any person who becomes involved as an owner of a licensed business, must be screened first.   This ensures that only persons who qualify can get ownership of a business licensed to sell liquor.  

     

  • Changing the Floor Plan of a licensed business?

    Liquor Laws require that an approved floor plan for a liquor licensed premises must be changed when the licensed premises is changed.  The change may be to move or add a bar counter, pation, etc.   The approved floor plan is the most important supporting document in any liquor licence file.   The Liquor Act lays down very clear and detailed instructions to which each floor plan must comply.   Therefore, the Liquor Board is very strict when approving a floor plan.   A defective floor plan is the single biggest reason why liquor licence applications are delayed. 

    An unnecessary delay will cost you money, as time = money. 

    Your time is precious to us, which is why you can entrust LiquorWise to ensure you floor plan will comply to the strict conditions of the Liquor Act and Liquor Board. If you want to change your premises - Contact Us - and we'll ensure your amended floor plan is approved without any interruption in your business. 



  • WHY change the conditions of your liquor licence?

    When does the conditions of your liquor need to be changed?  The answer relates to changes to things such as :  

    • the kind of liquor you may sell, or 
    • the liquor trading hours
    • loud music or loud entertainment in a restaurant, and
    • Restrictions which apply to licences, such as that the licence may only be used for the purposes for which it was intended, eg. that a restaurant does not become a night club.

    You should appoint an experienced licensing consultant to submit an application on your behalf to either the Liquor Authority or your local municipality to have your licence conditions changed.   Such an application will have to very well motivated and supported by appropriate documents. 

    The conditions are inserted by the Liquor Board, who may insert any condition which they believe should apply to your liquor licence.  For instance, liquor licence training of bouncers or security staff may be required for night clubs. 

    Contact Us if you need any of your liquor licence conditions changed. 


  • WHY you have to appoint a MANAGER for a licensed premises?

    The Liquor Act is very strict on certain things a liquor licence holder must do.  

    One of these are having managers or senior staff present on the licensed premises at all operating hours.  Why?  A trained person is required to enforce the licence conditions on a licensed premises.   If you don't , the risk is very real to be fined, penalised and getting bad record at the Liquor Board.   

    Contact Us to assist you by managing the complete process of getting a manager(s) appointed in time.  What do we do for you? We - 

    • Arrange the booking of and preparation for a training session
    • Send tailor-made checklists to you
    • Collect all documents and training certificates,  
    • Draft and submit the manager's application
    • Obtain approval and 
    • Deliver the appointment to keep in your custom LiquorWise licence file. 
  • How do I make sure I pass an liquor licence inspection?

    Do you like suprises?   Definitely not unpleasant ones!   

    One of the most unpleasant surprises can be an inspection by a liquor inspector. They usually do the licence inspection -

    • unannounced, without calling ahead - so there's no prior warning.  
    • at the busiest time of the day
    • when all available staff are tied up preparing food/liquor or serving customers
    • while the licence documents are not in order.

    The only way to make sure you pass a liquor licence inspection, is to -

    • Appoint an experienced and trusted liquor licence expert, who will ensure - 
      • you have a dedicated licensing file
      • all the required licence documents are available and in the licensing file
      • the licence documents have been updated
      • enough staff members have been trained and their training certificates are in the licence file
      • you have exclusive and updated inspection checklists to allow managers to check if your business comply
      • you don't get fined
      • you don't get a negative record at the Liquor Board.

    Contact Us to be prepared and ensure you'll pass your liquor licence inspection!

  • How do I TRACK my Liquor Licence Application?

    Track you licence easily - become a member of The Licence Co.

    One of the main benefits of becoming a member of The Licence Co is being able to track the progress of your licence applications.   It is one of the most popular benefits used most often by members.

    How does tracking work?

    • Login - You login and access your own dashboard, reflecting all your licence applications. 
    • Choose "Your Progress Report" - it will highlight the progress of your applications.
    • 24/7 - It is accessible 24/7, making it extremely convenientl
    • Request a reply - You can leave a message and request a reply and we'll be in touch soon. 
    • All your applications - This does not only include applications for liquor licences, but also for Firearm Licences, Business Licences and Gambling Licences and Filling Station licences. 

    Contact Us   to become a member.   Enjoy the host of benefits membership gives our clients at a little more than the price of a cup of coffee!

  • Who should manage my liquor licence portfolio?

    LiquorWise manages the licence portfolio's of many licence holders.

    When is it needed?   Do I need to have many licences before I should have someone like LiquorWise manage my licence portfolio?

    Can't keep track - As soon as you have a liquor licence, you also need to keep track of other kinds of licences which are usually involved with a liquor licensed business.   It is definitely advisable to have a licensing expert manage all your licences.   Why?  Let's tell you :

    • You usually need more than 1 kind of licencein a business, such as :
      • Liquor Licence
      • Business Licence
      • Music Licence
      • Gambling Licence
      • Health 'n Safety Certificate
    • You have to deal with a large number of role players, such as :
      • Municipalities
      • Liquor Boards
      • Liquor Officers
      • Health & Safety Inspectors
      • Fire Brigade inspectors
    • Different licences have different pressure pointsyou need to be aware of, such as :
      • Different Licence Renewal Dates
      • Different Procedures to follow
      • Different Forms to complete 
      • Different Licence Renewal Fees

    You need to have your licence portfolio managed.

    Whether we like to acknowledge it or not - Businesses have become over regulated.   It's no use complaining about it.   

    Appoint Us - you need a licensing expert such as LiquorWise to manage your licence portfolio.  It will leave you to focus on what you do best - fulfilling the needs of your customers.  

  • How do I BUY or SELL a Liquor Licence?

    The following is important if you want to list your licensed business for sale or if you want to buy a business with a liquor licence :

    • Listing a liquor licence  : You need to list your licence for sale or look to buy one where it is given maximum exposure by a trustworthy business, such as LiquorWise.
    • Why?  You want your liquor licence to be seen by as many people as possible.
    • NB- Remember :
      • A Liquor Licence is always sold with the licensed business
      • You therefore need expert advice on the business aspects of a transaction
      • LiquorWise isn't a business broker.  However, we have dealt with many trustworthy business brokers and will make sure you are assisted by  a reputable business broker.  PLUS - we'll make sure that all your licensing needs are carefully looked after before, during and after the selling process. 

    Contact Us to help you to list your business for free -  

    • with trustworthy, national business brokers,
    • on our own websites, and
    • in our regular newsletters, distributed to many potential buyers, such as current licence holders.  Licence holders buy licensed businesses because they know the value of having a liquor licence.  This increases the chances of finding a willing and able buyer dramatically.  

    You'll benefit in the following ways :

    • Advertised: Your liquor licence will be advertised -
      • to thousands of other liquor licence holders
      • to business persons who know the value of a liquor licence
      • to a focused group of potential buyers
      • to buyers from all 9 provinces. 
    • Free Valuation : We'll put you in contact with trusted and experienced experts who'll give you a FREE market related valuation.   You need to know how much is your licensed business worth before you decide to sell it. 

    Contact Us - For help when you want to buy or sell a liquor licence. 

  • COPY of my liquor licence - WHERE to get it?

    How do I get a copy of my liquor licence?

    You need to take the following steps  :

    • Lodge and application to the Liquor Board in the province in which your licensed premises is situated.   For instance, if your premises is situated in Rustenburg, you need to apply to the North West Province Liquor Board.
    • Pay a fee to the Liquor Board for the copy.  Please note - the fees are different in each province. 

    WHY do you need a copy of your liquor licence?

    All Liquor Laws require that a licence holder display a copy of the liquor licence for the licensed premises where it is visible to the public.  

    If you don't, you stand a very good chance of -

    • being fined and 
    • getting a negative record in the books of your Liquor Board. 

    It can be a frustrating "exercise"(!) to get a copy of your licence if you aren't use to dealing with Liquor Authorities!

    Contact Us for help you get your copy!

  • WHERE must I keep my Liquor Licence Documents?

    Keep you Liquor Licence Documents safe and displayed correctly!

    You need to take the following steps  :

    • The following licensing documents must be displayed on a spot in your premises where it will be easy to see for the public :
      • Original Liquor Licence
      • Licence Conditions
    • The following licensing documents must be kept available on your premises for the public or liquor officer to view at their request :
      • Original Liquor Licence
      • Licence Conditions
      • Manager's appointments
      • Floor Plan
      • Training certificates

    WHAT happens if you don't keep your licensing documents available?

    All Liquor Laws require that a licence holder keep certain licensing documents on the licensed premises : 

    If you don't, you stand a very good chance of -

    • being fined and 
    • getting a negative record in the books of your Liquor Board. 

    Contact Us for help.  We assist The Licence Co members with the following :

    • Documents Checklist : tailor-made for your province, and
    • Liquor Licence File : a custom-designed file for all your licence documents. No more running around to locate licence documents while the liquor inspector is impatiently waiting while customers have to be served!

    Be prepared and don't take unnecessary risks with your liquor licence! 

  • How LONG does it take to get a Liquor Licence?

    Approval Period (Your Time = Money! )

    • 4 to 6 months - If all the role players perform on time.  
    • 2 months - if you are lucky.   
    • Our record = 6 weeks! 

    How do we do it? 

    • We work very hard from the start to finish.  
    • You can’t win the licensing race if you sprint the first half and walk the rest!   
    • For those who keep on knocking, the door will open!!

    Warning 

    • Budget for a waiting period of 4 to 6 months.   
    • Plan for delays due to unexpected events, such as Covid19 or changes to the Liquor Board programme. 
    • Be careful or you may run out of cash.

    NB Factors which make a BIG difference :

    • Your liquor licence consultant–  
      • Go for experience, skill & reputation.  
      • Cheap usually ends up being expensive.  
      • One month’s delay due to an inferior consultant / attorney will cost you a lot more in the end.   
      • The saying – “pay peanuts and you get monkeys…” – is still very true!
    • Your help – Quick & Accurate response from a client is vital.
    • Quality of the application– 
      • The devil is in the detail.  
      • Applications are NOT all the same.  They bear the mark of the consultant, 
      • Liquor Boards know which consultants deliver high quality applications (approved) and who deliver inferior applications (postponed or refused). 
    • Liquor Boards-  
      • Their effectiveness differs from province to province.  
      • Your consultant must be willing to fight the “approval battle” on your behalf - right to the end!

    Contact Us - if you want your licence within the shortest possible time!

  • Can I move my restaurant liquor licence?

    Yes, you can.  But remember :

    Liquor Licence Myth No 1 = Pick up a liquor licence and start trading on any other premises  Absolutely not.   There is a no such thing as a "mobile liquor licence", which you can put in your pocket and take out to use wherever you like.  

    You have to submit an application to move your liquor licence to your Liquor Board first.  Only when your application has been approved will you new premises be permanently licensed.

    Contact Us for detailed and practical advice on how to move your liquor licence!


  • How do I move my microbrewery liquor licence?

    The process? Pretty much the same as when you applied for you microbrewery liquor licence the first time.

    You'll have to submit the following, amongst other things :

    • New premises details
    • The owner (you) details
    • Detailed motivation
    • Proof of payment of fees

    NB - You can't just take your microbrewery licence and start to manufacture liquor on any new premises before you new microbrewery licence has been approved and issued.  You'll be fined and risk damaging your reputation.

    To move a microbrewery isn't the same as moving a restaurant or liquor store. For one thing, the equipment is much more cumbersome and needs to be handled with extreme care.   The same applies when installing it on your new premises. 

    Best advice - PLAN, PLAN & PLAN your move as early as possible!

    Contact Us and we'll 

    • manage all the paperwork
    • engage with all the relevant role players
    • allow you to focus on what you do best - brew good beer!


  • WHERE must I keep my restaurant liquor licence documents?

    Remember to always keep you Restaurant Liquor Licence Documents safe and displayed correctly!

    You need to take the following steps  :

    • Display the following liquor licence documents on your premises where it will be easy to see for the public :
      • Original Liquor Licence
      • Licence Conditions
    • Keep the licence documents below available on your premises 24/7for the public or liquor officer to view at their request :
      • Original Liquor Licence
      • Licence Conditions
      • Manager's appointments
      • Floor Plan
      • Training certificates

    WHAT happens if you don't keep your licensing documents available?

    All Liquor Laws require that a restaurant licence holder keep certain licensing documents on the licensed premises : 

    If you don't, you stand a very good chance of -

    • being fined and 
    • getting a negative record in the books of your Liquor Board. 

    Contact Us for help.  We assist The Licence Co members with the following :

    • Documents Checklist : tailor-made for your province, and
    • Liquor Licence File : a custom-designed file for all your licence documents. No more running around to locate licence documents while the liquor inspector is impatiently waiting while customers have to be served!

    Be prepared and don't take unnecessary risks with your liquor licence!

  • HOW to pass an inspection of your Liquor Store Licence

    Do you like suprises?   Yes, of the pleasant kind!

    Avoid an unpleasant surprise, such as an unexpected inspection by a liquor inspector.  Such inspections are typically done -

    • unannounced, without calling ahead - so there's no prior warning.  
    • at the busiest time of the day
    • when all available staff are tied up preparing food/liquor or serving customers
    • while the licence documents are not in order.

    The ONE way to make sure you pass a liquor licence inspection, is to -

    • Appoint a trusted liquor licence expert, who will ensure - 
      • you have a dedicated licensing file
      • all the required licence documents are available and in the licensing file
      • the licence documents have been updated
      • enough staff members have been trained and their training certificates are in the licence file
      • you have exclusive and updated inspection checklists to allow managers to check if your business comply
      • you don't get fined
      • you don't get a negative record at the Liquor Board.

    Contact Us to become a member of The Licence Co for little more than the price of a cup of coffee.  Join our other licence holders who enjoy the peace of mind knowing that we have their back when it comes to passing inspections of liquor store licences! 

    of our  prepared and ensure you'll pass your liquor licence inspection!

  • How do I pass an inspection of my restaurant liquor licence?

    Avoid any unpleasant surprises, such as having the liquor inspector arrive at you door unexpectedly!    Such inspections are typically done -

    • unannounced - so there's no prior warning.  
    • when your restaurant is at its busiest and
    • all available staff are tied up in the kitchen or serving area
    • while you're not sure if all your licence documents are in order.

    The best way to ensure you pass your liquor licence inspection,  is to -

    • Appoint a trusted liquor licence expert, like LiquorWise.  We'll ensure that you will be ready for an inspection of your restaurant liquor licence at any time, by ensuring that - 
      • you have a dedicated licensing file
      • all the required licence documents are available and in the licensing file
      • the licence documents have been updated
      • enough staff members have been trained and their training certificates are in the licence file
      • you have exclusive and updated inspection checklists to allow managers to check if your business comply
      • you don't get fined
      • you don't get a negative record at the Liquor Board.

    Make sure you pass your restaurant liquor licence inspection by becoming a member of The Licence Co - for little more than the price of a cup of coffee.  

    Sign me up!   


  • Which licensed businesses sell liquor for on consumption ?

    The following businesses sell liquor for "On Consumption" to the public

    • Restaurants / Coffee shops
    • Deli
    • Sport Bar / Pub / Tavern
    • Hotel
    • Guesthouse / B&B
    • Night Club 
    • Sport Club
    • Wine Farm / Tasting Room 
    • Gambling Business
    • Microbrewery
    • Markets

    This means they sell the liquor on the licensed premises, such as a restaurant, and it must be consumed in the restaurant.   The customer cannot take the liquor out of the premises and consume it elsewhere.  

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