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We strive to expedite and streamline the liquor licence application process. To this end, we can assist with having your liquor licence approved with little or no delay. Furthermore, our top-class liquor licensing application services are provided at an affordable rate. Our experience with registrations and long standing relationships with the industry role players give us the competitive advantage in registering licences. Your application will be handled by an experienced legal team and your liquor licence registered efficiently.

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Liquor Licence Lawyer Cape Town

Liquor Licence Lawyers

Liquor Licence Lawyer was created by Simon Dippenaar, who holds Bachelor of Business Science, Bachelor of Laws, and Professional Diploma in Legal Practice qualifications from the University of Cape Town. Simon is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Mr Dippenaar is also the contributing editor of He is also the founder and director of Simon Dippenaar & Associates, a private legal practice.


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Some interesting articles by Simon Dippenaar on liquor licensing


Between 27 March and the end of last week, the Western Cape Liquor Authority had investigated 196 incidents of liquor vendors reportedly contravening the National Disaster Management Act’s regulations and the Western Cape Liquor Act.


The Western Cape government is considering stricter rules around the sale of liquor as the province continues to combat the abuse of alcohol and its knock-on effects.

Premier Alan Winde told the Western Cape Legislature on Thursday (22 October), that the Western Cape has “a deadly relationship with alcohol that must be urgently addressed”.


The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) says bars and pubs have the responsibility to act against drunk and disorderly conduct that may lead to Covid-19 non-compliance.

WCLA spokesperson Nwabisa Mpalala-Sobuza says taking steps against drunk and disorderly patrons is a condition of every liquor licence.


The industry has seen the devastating impact of the ban on the value chain. It has put in place responsible practices and forms of behaviour to trade responsibly to ensure that they protect the livelihoods of many thousands of people across the industry’s value chain.


Four suspects were arrested for selling liquor without a licence during an operation conducted in Makause, Marathon and Delport informal settlements on October 10.

“The operation was to address gender-based violence and other serious crimes, including murder, in informal settlements,” said Primrose spokesperson Sgt Styles Maome.


Cape Town – People tasked with the provincial Safety Plan have asked the Department of Community Safety to amend the provincial Liquor Act as a part of its plan to halve the murder rate in the province over the next 10 years.


The applicants want all eateries with a valid liquor licence to be allowed to serve alcohol for on-site consumption.

CAPE TOWN - A group of Cape Town restaurants set to challenge the national lockdown regulations in court are disappointed that their case will only be heard at the end of the month.


CAPE TOWN - Cape Town restaurants will need to wait until the end of the month to challenge COVID-19 lockdown regulations in court.

The matter set down for Tuesday but has been postponed for two weeks.




On 12 July President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the reinstatement of the ban on the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor with immediate effect.


The alcohol industry was afforded a deferment on payments due in May and June for a period of 90 days for excise compliant businesses.


According to LiquorWise, a well-known restaurant in the Western Cape lost R1 million due to liquor expiring in kegs.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s move to reimpose the ban on the sale of liquor has sparked a backlash as liquor licence holders now demand that the government pay back the money they paid for their licences.



CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety MEC said 65 liquor licence holders had been investigated for contravening lockdown regulations.


CAPE TOWN - Following the 65 investigations, the Western Cape Liquor Authority suspended 32 licenses. Eight matters have been referred to police and four reports are being drafted for the Liquor Licensing Tribunal.

Sixty-five liquor license holders have been investigated for contravening lockdown regulations.



The Restaurant Association of SA has sent trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel a lawyer’s letter demanding to know why alcohol cannot be sold to sit-down customers.

The letter was written after the publication of directions in the Government Gazette regarding the reopening of restaurants — permitted from Monday.



The Restaurant Association of SA has sent trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel a lawyer’s letter demanding to know why alcohol cannot be sold to sit-down customers.

The letter was written after the publication of directions in the Government Gazette regarding the reopening of restaurants — permitted from Monday.



A group of restaurants is heading to court to force the government to allow their patrons to drink alcohol with their meals.


The alcohol industry, blindsided by Sunday’s immediate ban on the trade in liquor and still reeling from R18bn in lost revenue during the first period of prohibition, has warned of disaster due to the new restrictions.

The industry including large players such as Heineken, AB Inbev, Distell and more than 2,500 wine farms represented by VinPro, issued a strongly worded statement on Monday warning of billions in lost tax revenue and growing job losses.



Durban - Ten liquor outlets were shut down at the start of the first week of the level 3 nationwide lockdown in Kwa­Zulu-Natal. This is according to Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Dube-Ncube vowed that inspections would continue as the government was determined to ensure that regulations were respected.

She said a total of 747 licensed premises had been inspected over the past week.

From Kathorus Mail:

According to the spokesperson for the Katlehong SAPS Cluster, Const Sivenkozi Mtwa, three people were arrested within 24 hours of the start of level three.

Our members have been patrolling several areas around a number of townships and observed a high volume of people who are queuing to buy alcohol from bottle stores,” he said.


MEC Dube-Ncube commended the team of inspectors from the department, the KZN Liquor Authority, Department of Employment and Labour, Metro Police, SAPS, Crime Intelligence and other law enforcement agencies for their unannounced visits to all licensed premises across the province.



There has been a certain amount of confusion about what is and isn’t allowed under lockdown Level 3 that takes effect today. Spotlight tries to clarify things.


Source: Maurice Smithers writing on Daily Maverick


For some people in South Africa, one of the tougher restrictions in the Covid-19 lockdown is no access to liquor. It is frustrating for those who drink regularly and a particular challenge for those who have some form of dependency on this normally freely available legal drug.

The Western Cape’s community safety MEC, Albert Fritz, on Thursday warned that liquor vendors operating during the Covid-19 lockdown would be eligible for a fine of over R100 000 and could permanently lose their trading licences.

“I have requested that the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) ensure that any outlet which contravenes the lockdown conditions be liable for a maximum fine of up to R115,610 or have their licence revoked permanently, subject to an investigation,” Fritz said.

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If you want to sell or manufacture liquor in the Western Cape, you must have a valid liquor licence. You have to apply for your liquor licence in terms of section 36 of the Western Cape Liquor Act (4 / 2008). 

Different types of liquor licences

There are 4 different types of liquor licences you can apply for. Before you start your application process, study the application form in detail to ensure that you submit the correct documentation.  

From Germiston City News:

The Primrose police continued to crack down on the illegal sale of alcohol in their precinct through several operations within the area.

“The operations aimed to curb the illegal sale of alcohol, loud music and crimes we believe are related to alcohol abuse, like assault, domestic violence and rape,” said Sgt Styles Maome, communications officer for the Primrose police.

The city’s metro police will be inspecting taverns across the metro together with liquor board representatives.

The aim is to assess compliance with liquor laws while investigating possible links to crime in the areas, metro police chief Yolande Faro said.

Faro was speaking at a safety and security portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday.

She was presenting the status of ongoing metro police operations.

Since the beginning of the year, the city has had several tavern inspections, with non-compliant taverns issued with fines starting at about R2,500.

Changes in the way alcohol is distributed, marketed and sold in South Africa have been on the cards for some time now, with lengthy public discussions and ongoing debates. The Liquor Products Amendment Bill was finally passed on 13 June 2018 and is currently before Parliament for discussion and voting. The Western Cape and Gauteng are likely to be hardest hit when these new laws come into effect.



The Western Cape has followed suit by amending the Western Cape Liquor Act 2008 (as amended by the Western Cape Liquor Amendment Act 2015) and introducing tougher new conditions for licensees.

Over the past year we’ve seen the tightening up of national liquor laws, in an effort to address serious alcohol-related social issues in South Africa, such as our shamefully high rates of road traffic accidents and domestic violence (67% of domestic violence incidents involve alcohol).

In the post we’ll look at the implications of the new Western Cape liquor regulations.


Government has proposed tough new legislation in an effort to tackle the problem of alcohol abuse and its associated social ills in South Africa. But is it using a sledgehammer to crack a nut? Will it penalise responsible drinkers....

You’ve done your research, found the perfect location, hired a great chef and are ready to open – or are you? A new restaurant takes a lot of work to get off the ground and one of the most important elements is the correct licences and permits.....

Is your shebeen within the law? The original definition of shebeen was an illicit bar or club where alcohol was sold without a licence. The word in fact derives from the Irish ‘síbín’ and is not an African word at all, but in South Africa.....

Are you breaking the law when you serve your customers? We’ve all done it. Ordered a bottle of wine with dinner and, finding ourselves at the end of the meal with an unfinished bottle, taken the remainder.....

Summer is in full swing and it’s the season for outdoor events and parties. Many charities take advantage of the good weather and long days to hold fund-raising events. If you are planning an event for your cause, make sure you stay.....

Current time frames are as follows: Permanent application: +/- 10 months Temporary / special event: Before the event will take place Transfers:

Applications must be lodged 14 days before the first day of the event.Depending on the type of event and whether or not the applicant has a liquor licence or not, there are two possibilities, a temporary liquor licence or special event liquor licence. The application is lodged with the local Designated.....

Things to look at with regards to compliance: 1. Have you renewed your liquor licence? 2. Do you have a copy of the original licence issued on the premises? 3. Do you have a nominated manager responsible for the liquor licence?

Applications must be lodged 14 days before the first day of the event.Depending on the type of event and whether or not the applicant has a liquor licence or not, there are two possibilities, a temporary liquor licence or special event liquor licence.....

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