Liquor Law

Western Cape

The Liquor Laws are governed by the Liquor Act, 1989 (Act 27 of 1989) and any person who micro-manufactures or sells liquor for retail purposes in the Western Cape, requires a liquor licence issued by the Western Cape Liquor Board to do so. 

The Liquor Laws are governed by the Liquor Act, 1989 (Act 27 of 1989) and any person who micro-manufactures or sells liquor for retail purposes in the Western In the Western Cape, a "micro-manufacturer" is a person who has a liquor licence issued by the Western Cape Liquor Board to manufacture liquor at or below the prescribed threshold volumes set out below:

  • For manufacturers of beer: 100 million litres per year
  • For manufacturers of traditional African beer: 50 million litres per year
  • For manufacturers of wine: 4 million liters per year
  • For manufacturers of spirits and/or other liquor: 2 million litres per year

In the Western Cape, a "retail seller" is a person who is licensed in terms of the Liquor Act, 1989 to sell liquor for the purpose of consumption (including consumption on the licensed premises and consumption off the licensed premises).

It is a criminal offence to sell liquor without a licence and the SA Police Service can take steps against such person, including closing the business and confiscating the liquor.

Speak to us at Marais Müller Hendricks to assist and advise you on an application for a liquor licence (and other liquor related issues) and to inform you about all the requirements and conditions pertaining to each licence in the Western Cape.