19 Nov Avoid Costly Penalties: Renew Your Liquor License Before It Expires
It is very important to renew your liquor license should you serve alcohol. The liquor license renewal needs to be done every year before the 31st of December. Not renewing your license in this time could lead to penalties or expiration of the license. Should the license expire, you would have to apply for a new liquor license. This means the license holder would have to start the application process from the beginning.
It is important to be aware of the rules and regulations in the region you operate. This is because they may differ depending on where you are located. It is possible to get your liquor license automatically renewed. In the Western Cape, the Western Cape Liquor Authority will send out a notice to the holder of the license by the 31st of October every year. This serves as a reminder to the holder to pay the license. Once fees are paid in the correct time frame, the license will be renewed until the following year.
Failure to Renew License
If you are unable to pay the fee in time, the license will lapse or become invalid. This is where certain penalties could come into place. A 50% penalty plus the license fee will come in to place if the license is paid after the 31st of December and before the 31st of January. Furthermore, a 100% penalty, plus the license fee, will need to be paid if the holder renews their license after the 31st of January and before the last day of February.
It is always a good idea to keep the deposit slip on the premises as proof of payment for renewing your license. Anyone who trades liquor without a license is breaching the law. So it’s extremely important to have a liquor license and make sure it gets renewed and updated each year.
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