Cost of Getting a Liquor License In South Africa?

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Liquor, categorized as hard liquor, hard alcohol, spirit, or distilled drink) is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruit, or vegetables that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation.

The distillation process purifies the liquid and removes diluting components like water, for the purpose of increasing its proportion of alcohol content 

The cost of getting a liquor license in South Africa is categorized into Retail, Occasionals and Wholesale business.


  • New License Application R8,000 – R 25,000
  • Renewal of License R6,000
  • Alteration of Premises License R 7,000- R 9000


  • Temporary Application License R4,000 – R 7,000

Wholesale Business

  • New License Application R20, 000 – R30,000 (based on turnover).
  • Renewal of Registration License R10,000 – R20,000 (based on turnover).
  • Relocation of premises License R 8,000 – R 10,000
  • Additional premises License R 8,000 – R10,000

Note: Each of these categories has phases of the application.

Phase 1

Liquor License payable at the start of application R 2,990.

Phase 2 – 3

Full Application setup R7,000 – R 11,000.

Phase 3

Submission R3,500 – R6,000. Except in Gauteng and KZN places in South Africa where it ranges from R7,500 – R11,000.

How much does it cost to get a liquor license in South Africa? 

The overall cost of completing the process of acquiring a valid license for a liquor business in South Africa today varies due to numerous factors and contingencies. 

They are:

  • The value of your license
  • The value of your Turnover (in Wholesale cases)
  • The amount of time it takes to complete your application. etc.

On average, the cost of Liquor Store Liquor License is R20,700.00 Including VAT.

Other categories are:

  • Club Liquor License: R20,700.00 Including VAT
  • Dance Hall Liquor License: R24,150.00 Including VAT
  • Gaming Premises Liquor License: R34,500.00 Including VAT
  • Grocer’s Wine Liquor License: R8,625.00 Including VAT
  • Hotel Liquor License: R20,700.00 Including VAT
  • Micro Manufacturer Liquor License: R34,500.00 Including VAT
  • Night Club Liquor License : R34,500.00 Including VAT

Can I sell Alcohol Without a License in South Africa?

No, in fact, it is a criminal offense to sell liquor without a license in South Africa.

The laws are against it and the Police Service can take punitive steps against such persons, including closing the business and confiscating the liquor.

Can You Transfer A Liquor License in South Africa?

The transfer of a Liquor license in South Africa is possible and legally allowed,  but it will take a couple of months to almost a year to be granted.

Liquor License Application Form Limpopo?

The Liquor Act, 27 of 1989 is still applicable in this province. This falls under the MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs and it provides for a number of role players in its administration.

A complete application to sell liquor in Limpopo and any other places in South Africa have an application form (Form 1), sketch-plan or photos of the premises, description of the premises, written representation, consent letter from the traditional authority or local municipality, R200 receipt as application fee or R200 revenue stamps and or any other document.

Liquor License Price in Mpumalanga?

The Mpumalanga Liquor Authority Board is responsible for the administration and issuance of liquor licenses for large commercial production/small scale retail sale of alcohol in Mpumalanga.

The price of liquor licenses in Mpumalanga depends on the types. The full liquor licenses can range from R55,000 – R260,000.

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