Are You Compliant With The Latest Liquor Licence Laws? 

As the owner of a liquor store, restaurant, hotel or other South African business that is licensed to sell liquor, keeping up with the latest liquor licence laws and acts is essential. Without keeping compliant and maintaining a valid liquor licence, selling alcohol is against the law and you could face serious consequences. 

At LSA Associates, our primary goal as a top Johannesburg-based liquor licence consultant is to help you get your liquor licence and ensure that it remains valid and up-to-date with any relevant laws and policies. 

The Liquor Act

Liquor Act 59 of 2003 effectively regulates and governs the liquor industry. It sets national standards and aims to promote cooperative governance in liquor regulation. While Liquor Act 59 of 2003 regulates liquor sales on a national level, local authorities govern micro manufacturing and sales on a provincial level. Some of the standards managed by the Liquor Act include:

  • Regulation of the manufacturing and distribution of liquor
  • Regulation of methylated spirits
  • Regulations applicable to employment in the liquor industry
  • Regulations applicable to the sale of liquor and methylated spirits to minors
  • Registrations and qualifications required to manufacture and distribute liquor
  • Compliance with the liquor act and the consequences of non-compliance
  • Public health considerations 

Consequences Of Non-Compliance

Any South African business that fails to follow the regulations of their granted liquor licence and, in doing so, sells liquor illegally to the public can face severe consequences. The Liquor Act clearly specifies what needs to be done in order to sell alcohol legally in restaurants, from a store and even online. Unlawful sale of alcohol can include: 

  • Unlicenced liquor stores
  • Selling liquor from unlicenced premises
  • Selling alcohol to minors
  • Unlawful manufacturing of alcohol
  • Selling alcohol without a valid licence or with an expired licence

While many shebeens and unlicenced liquor stores knowingly break the law by selling alcohol, there are some South African businesses that find themselves on the wrong side of the law due to ignorance. Nevertheless, intent and ignorance is no excuse, and some of these businesses have faced consequences such as: 

  • Confiscation of alcoholic inventory
  • Fines depending on the number of infractions
  • Criminal prosecution and jail time

How To Ensure That You Are Selling Alcohol Legally And Responsibly

The key to selling alcohol legally is keeping up with any legislation and guidelines regarding your liquor licence. However, keeping up with all of the laws while also running a successful business can be time-consuming and can quickly become overwhelming. 

A liquor licence lawyer or liquor licence consultant can help you ensure that not only do you get your liquor licence and renew it correctly each year, but also that you continue to remain compliant with the Liquor Act throughout the year. At LSA Associates, we are your premier liquor licence consultants, helping you get a liquor licence in time, renewing liquor licences, altering liquor licences, transferring liquor licences and more. If you are in need of our liquor licence services or require any other assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. 

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