Advice For Getting A Liquor Licence For Your Event From An Experienced Liquor License Attorney

Did you know that it is illegal to manufacture or sell alcohol in South Africa without a liquor licence? Many people know that a liquor licence is necessary for permanent establishments like restaurants and retailers but are unaware that events like concerts, festivals, and markets also require authorisation in the form of a valid liquor licence. 

Leon Slotow Associates, a leading liquor licence consultant, is here to explain everything you need to know about a temporary liquor licence in South Africa, why it’s necessary, and how you can obtain one. 

Why is a Liquor Licence Necessary? 

In South Africa, anyone looking to sell alcohol is required to have a liquor licence according to the Liquor Act 39 of 2003. This applies to restaurants, supermarkets, bottle stores, wineries, breweries, and events. 

The Liquor Act regulates the manufacturing and sale of all alcohol in South Africa to ensure any liquor produced and sold to the public is safe to consume, prevent alcohol abuse, and protect both retailers and consumers from exploitation. Manufacturing and selling liquor for public consumption without a valid liquor licence is a serious offence that can be punished with a fine or even jail time. 

What is a Temporary Liquor Licence?

For permanent establishments, a regular liquor licence is essential. However, there are instances in which the sale of liquor is not meant to be ongoing. Festivals, fundraisers, markets, and other events that are intended to run for a short time will require a temporary liquor licence. 

A temporary liquor licence grants the authority to sell liquor for a specified period of time, typically up to 14 consecutive days. That said, a temporary liquor licence can’t be granted for more than 30 days in a calendar year, which means that a retailer cannot simply keep obtaining temporary licences instead of applying for a long-term one. 

What is the Process for Obtaining a Temporary Liquor Licence?

The process for obtaining temporary liquor licences is similar to that of a permanent licence:

  1. Complete the correct application form. 
  2. Provide written proof of lawful occupation from the organisation or event organiser.
  3. Ensure you have all of the correct supporting documents including:
    • Written motivation
    • Detailed sketch plan
    • Certified copies of Identification Documents 
    • Certificate of incorporation
  4. Pay the relevant application fees (R1000) to the correct FNB account and supply proof of payment. 

Need Assistance With A Temporary Liquor Licence In South Africa? 

[CTA] Navigating the process of obtaining the right liquor licence for your needs can be intimidating. Working with a reputable liquor license attorney, obtaining a temporary liquor licence for your event will be as simple as can be. To get a free consultation regarding your liquor licence, contact Leon Slotow Associates today. 

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