Frequently Asked Questions

  1. i.     What criteria is considered for granting liquor licences?
    1. The Liquor Licensing Tribunal or Presiding Officer, as the case may be, may not grant a licence, unless it or he or she is satisfied on a balance of probabilities that—
      1. a.  the granting thereof is in the public interest;
      2. b.  the applicant is of good character, and not disqualified from holding a licence in terms of section 35 of the Westerns Cape Liquor Act 2008 as amended;
      3. c.  the premises on which the sale or consumption of liquor will take place are or will upon completion be suitable for use by the applicant for the purposes of the licence;
      4. d.  the applicant has the right to occupy the proposed licensed premises (this does not apply for a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption on or off the premises upon which liquor is sold at special events); and
      5. e.  the granting of the application does not prejudice—
        • the residents of a residential area;
        • the residents of an institution for the aged or frail;
        • the learners of an educational institution who are under the age of eighteen (18) years;
        • the patients of an institution for drug or alcohol related dependencies; or
        • the congregants of a religious institution located in the vicinity of the proposed licensed premises.

  2. ii.    How many liquor licences are in the Western Cape?
            8259

  3. iii.   What do I need to have on my premises when visited by the police or liquor licence inspector?
    Please note that as a liquor licence holder you should always display:
    1. 1.  Original Liquor Licence or a copy thereof.
    2. 2.  Up to date Renewal Notice and proof of payment.
    3. 3.  When your business is a Close Corporation (CC) or a Private Company (Pty Ltd) you need to display form 17 -Appointment of a Manager
    4. 4.  Clearly mark a Restricted Area as required by regulation 24 – in bold-faced, upper case letters at least 5 cm in height and in black lettering not less than 0.5 cm wide.

  4. iv.   What is a special event liquor licence and a temporary liquor licence?
    1. Special Event Liquor Licence – Any person or entity who intends to sell liquor at a special event or occasion for a short time period must do so with the necessary approval. Such person or entity can apply for a special event liquor licence. According to the Western Cape Liquor Act 2008 as amended, a "special event" means a fundraising event in aid of an educational or welfare organisation, any exhibition, sports meeting, cultural gathering, or artistic performance.
    2. Temporary Liquor Licence – Any person in the possession of a Liquor Licence for the sale and consumption of liquor on the licenced premises can apply for a temporary liquor licence. The temporary liquor licence would be limited to the sale and consumption of liquor on the premises where the liquor is sold. An example will be where you would like to serve liquor outside your licenced area. You can than apply for a temporary licence to do so.

  5. v.    How many categories of licences are in the Western Cape?
    1. There are four licence types, excluding temporary and special event licences:
      • Micro Manufacturing On & Off Consumption - a licence for the micro-manufacture and sale of liquor for consumption both on and off the premises where the liquor is sold;
      • Consumption On - a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises where the liquor is sold;
      • Consumption Off - a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption off the premises where the liquor is sold; and
      • Consumption On & Off - in exceptional circumstances, a licence for the sale of liquor for consumption both on and off the premises where the liquor is sold.

    1. Licence Type i.t.o. Western Cape Liquor Act No. of Licences
      Consumption Off 2571
      Consumption On 5160
      Consumption On & Off 45
      Micro Manufacture On & Off 483
      Grand Total 8259

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