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Liquor by-law – effect on trading hours

Click here to view the Liquor bylaw leaflet.

As from 1 January 2011, new liquor trading hours come into effect in Cape Town in accordance with the new liquor by-law. This affects residents and traders in a number of ways:

Traders

The new trading hours supercede all other licensed hours and come into effect with your 2011 liquor licence, irrespective of when it was renewed or granted.

You are obliged to adhere to the new liquor trading hours, which are from 11:00 to 02:00 the following morning for ‘on consumption’ premises such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels. For ‘off consumption’ premises such as liquor stores and supermarkets, the new hours are from 09:00 to 18:00. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and may lead to: 

  • The possibility of having your licence suspended or cancelled
  • A hefty fine
  • A criminal record being filed against your name

Residents and visitors

As a resident and visitor, you have the right to a peaceful and crime-free environment.

In terms of the Western Cape Liquor Act, you can also help moderate the conduct of licensed premises.

If applied correctly, this could lead to the restriction, cancellation or refusal of liquor licences.

If you are experiencing problems with a liquor outlet, you can do the following: 

  • Open a file and record everything which can be used as proof for the new Liquor Authority to motivate sanctions on irresponsible traders
  • Report any transgressions of liquor trading hours to your local designated police officer. Always ask for a reference number, and diarise the date and time of each incident
  • Report and record details of any noise disturbance or unsocial behaviour

By-law

To read the new bylaw, click here. The bylaw was promulgated on 10 September 2010 and comes into effect on 1 January 2011. It was amended on 9 December 2010 to inter alia allow hotels in residential areas to open their bar facilities until 02:00 and enable wineries to sell their product on Sundays to visitors and tourists. Click here to read the amendment. Alternatively, click here for the combined document, which incorporates the bylaw and the amendments.

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