Q. How do i apply for a liquor license?

Visit your nearest Eastern Cape Liquor Board office and our officials will help you fill in the necessary forms and advise you which documentation to attach. You can also contact your nearest Regional Office and they can advise you on the progress of your application.

Q. How long does the application process take?

According to the act, the application takes 60 working days to work on, however, this depends whether your application has queries or not.

Q. How much does it cost to apply for a liquor licence?

You must pay a non-refundable fee into our FNB account and you use your ID number as your reference number. Click here to download the new liquor licensing fees.

Q. Can I get a temporary licence while waiting for my application to be finalised?

No, the Liquor Board does not issue temporary licences and it is illegal to trade without a licence.

Q. Who can apply for a liquor licence?

Any person over the age of 18 can apply and the applicant must also have the right to occupy the premises applied for.

Q. Are there any other fees I pay after I get my licence?

Yes, there is a validation fee payable which will be stated on your licence and your office will advise you about annual renewal fees. These fees vary depending on the Kind of registration you have applied for. Download Liquor License Fees.

Q. Is it my fault that I didn't know that licences are renewed on an annual basis?

In terms of section 26(4) of the Eastern Cape Liquor Act 10 of 2003, that a registered person who has not received notice does not absolve such registered person from the duty to pay the annual fees timeously.

Q. How do I make payments to ECLB?

You can pay ECLB into our FNB account – details are supplied below: ‍
Name of account: Eastern Cape Liquor Board
Bank: First National Bank, Oxford Street, East London
Branch Code: 210121
Account number: 62080227195
Please note: Your registration number must be used as a reference