The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) manage the micro-manufacturing and sale of liquor in the Western Cape.

There are four types of liquor licences:

·      Micro manufacturing on and off consumption – a licence for the micro-manufacture and sale of liquor for use both on and off the premises where the liquor is sold.

·      Consumption on – a licence for the sale of liquor for use on the premises where the liquor is sold.

·      Consumption off – a licence for the sale of liquor for use off the premises where the liquor is sold.

·      Consumption on and off – in exceptional circumstances, a licence for the sale of liquor for use both on and off the premises where the liquor is sold.


In order to apply for a liquor licence in the Western Cape you will need the following documents, required by the WCLA:

·      Completed application forms, typed on A4 size paper (NLA 1 form)

·      A certified copy of your identity document

·      If you’re not South African a copy of your passport and business trading permit

·      The complete floor plan of your premises

·      Site plans of the premises

·      Description of your premises

·      Colour photographs of your premises

·      Written motivations to support your application

·      Zoning certificate or a copy of a planning application submitted to the municipality

·      Proof of payment of application fee


Your applications must be hand delivered, posted.

After submitting all your documents, you need to display a notice about your application to the public in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.

If you receive any feedback for or against your application, you can give to the Designated Liquor Officer (DLO) within 42 days after you’ve put up your notice.

After completing the above, the Liquor Licencing Tribunal (LLT) will communicate their decision about your application.


It is important to know that you cannot apply for a liquor licence if you:

·      Have been sentenced to jail, without the option of paying a fine, within five years prior to the application.

·      Have been declared unfit to hold a liquor licence, within 5 years prior to your application.

·      Were the holder of any liquor licence that was cancelled within a period of twelve months prior to your application.

·      Are unable to pay your debts

·      Have a mental illness


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