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The time for approval of a licence will mainly depend on the kind of licence which is applied for. However, the following three principles apply to any licence application:

  1. Your choice of licence consultant – Use a Professional who is known to pursue the application from start to to final approval. Choose a motivated consultant who reports regularly and who demands performance from role players (licensing boards);
  2. The quality of the application - . A poorly drafted application = delay in approval = loss of profit. Only 1 out of 5 applications, on average, are approved without any delay. Appoint a consultant who is known for quality applications - not one template for all applications.
  3. How often a licensing board meets - The more often a Licensing Body meets, the sooner applications are approved. This is different for each municipality, province and national department. In some licensing boards meet once every month and others 5 times a week.

The criteria is different for each kind of licence, but there are a few general guidelines ;

Age limit (eg. 16 / 18 / 21 yrs)

Unrehabilitated insolvent

Relevant criminal record

There are a very large number of licences which may be applied for. Each application will have its specific requirements and can be very confusing. An experienced licensing consultant will be able to advise you which application is best suited to your needs.

The Licence Co can assist you. Most applications are contained in the Regulations to a particular law, which the general public will have difficulty to access.

This is not generally possible as the original, hard copy is mostly required to be submitted. Applications are often in the form of an affidavit, which requires the applicant or his consultant to sign it with a Commissioner of Oaths.

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The cost of a liquor licence mainly depends on :

  • The kind of liquor licence you want;
  • The estimated time, effort & cost given your specific circumstances, and
  • The licensing consultant.

Contact The Licence Co today for an affordable quote - tailor made for you!

Licensing is mainly viewed as being necessary to protect the general public. It helps authorities to control human behaviour by ensuring certain standards or guidelines are met. Many licences are considered to frustrate the public (i.e. fishing licences), but are required, whether we like it or not.

Some licences are transferable and some are not. The most important thing is to ensure that the particular licence is valid. Once a licence has become invalid, whatever the reason, it cannot be transferred.

This will depend on the kind of licence. An experienced licensing consultant will be able to advise you.

Most licences have to be renewed every year, by paying a renewal fee before a specific date. The amount may depend on the kind of licence.

This will depend on the kind of licence. In general, most changes require pre-approval. An experienced licensing consultant will be able to advise you.

A licensing board will have the authority to impose conditions relevant to a specific licence. The conditions will usually relate to the risk which is perceived to accompany the kind of licence.

Authorities may issue fines or even institute criminal charges. They may also attach anything which was used to commit the illegal act, such as vehicles, boats, firearms, etc. It is definitely not worth taking the risk when the consequences can be dire, or at the least – very embarrassing. Contact The Licence Co and have peace of mind.

A liquor licence allows the licence holder to sell or supply alcoholic beverages to the public. For more detail on the various kinds of liquor licences, please visit the LiquorWise Website.

A firearm licence allows the licence holder to own a firearm. . For more detail on the various kinds of firearm licences, please visit the GunWise Website.

A business licence allows the licence holder to perform some kind of business activity. Contact The Licence Co for advice on what licences you may require to comply to relevant legislation.

A gambling licence allows the licence holder to generate revenue from operating gambling machines or games and to offer it for use by the general public for their entertainment. Contact The Licence Co for advice on what licences you may require to comply to relevant legislation.

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