How To Apply For a Liquor License In Namibia

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How To Apply For a Liquor License In Namibia

What is Liquor?

Liquor or spirit is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruits, or vegetables that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation. The distillation process concentrates the liquid to increase its alcohol by volume.

A liquor license (or liquor licence in most forms of Commonwealth English) is a governmentally issued permit to sell, manufacture, store, or otherwise use alcoholic beverages.

How To Apply For a Liquor License In Namibia

(1) An application in terms of section 32 of the Act for a temporary liquor licence must –

(a) be made in the form as set out in Form 9; and

(b) be lodged with the magistrate of the district in which the premises are situated where the event to which the application relates will take place.

(2) An application referred to in subregulation (1) must be accompanied by –


(a) the receipt in respect of payment of the application fee; and
(b) an affidavit by the applicant or a person having knowledge of the facts stating-

(i) the purpose and event, as contemplated in section 8(1) of the Act, for which the licence is required; and
(ii) the capacity in which application is made by the applicant and that he or she is qualified in accordance with section 8(4) of the Act to be issued with a temporary liquor licence.

(3) The magistrate must determine the application within three working days of the date on which it is lodged and must –

(a) if the licence is refused, inform the applicant in writing accordingly and of the reasons for the refusal in accordance with part B of Form 9; or
(b) if the licence is granted, issue to the applicant a certificate in the form as set out in
Part B of Form 9.

Issue of licence

On submission –

(a) of the certificate referred to in regulation 21(3)(b); and
(b) proof of payment of the licence fee,

the magistrate must issue to the applicant a temporary liquor licence in the form as set out in
Form 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a liquor license to sell from home?

Therefore you cannot apply for a liquor license on a residential property. The only way to ensure that your land use right is acceptable for an application for a liquor license is confirmation from your local Municipality (planning department or land use department).

How much is a liquor license in Namibia?

How much is a liquor license in Namibia? The annual fee is N$5000.

What does a temporary authority allow?

Temporary authority allows you to sell and supply alcohol for up to three months under the existing terms and conditions of the current licence. This gives you time to lodge a new application. We can’t transfer an alcohol licence to a new owner. We can’t issue a temporary authority to a club.

How is alcohol regulated in Namibia?

The primary Federal law governing alcohol policy is the 21st Amendment, which repealed national prohibition. It also gives individual States control over: Whether to allow sale of alcohol in the State. Whether to allow importing alcohol into the State.

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How much money does it take to open a bar in Namibia?

Total startup costs for a bar that rents or leases its location are estimated to be between $110,000 and $550,000, depending on size. 1 A bar that purchases its location and pays a mortgage has an average startup cost of between $175,000-$850,000.

Is advertising alcohol legal in Namibia?

Alcohol Advertising Laws. The First Amendment allows for a lot of freedom of speech in general and therefore limits how much the federal government can regulate advertising, even in regard to alcohol. In general, advertisements of alcoholic products must be truthful and without deception

Can you drink beer in a commercial?

There are lots of rules when you plan on marketing beer — unless you’re the FCC (there are apparently no rules specific to alcohol on radio). But on television, you can’t even drink a beer in a commercial.

Why do bars fail in Namibia?

Spreading your resources too thin creates major pitfalls and causes many bars to fail. The most common and obvious culprit is financing: You don’t start with enough capital, you spend it on the wrong things, or you pay too much for equipment. Often, bar owners overwork their employees to the point of exhaustion.

What is a good profit margin for a bar?

Most bars aim for a profit margin of around 80 percent; the key to reaching that number is to measure and control your pour costs. Pour cost is an essential benchmark for your bar’s profitability.

How hard is it to run a bar in Namibia?

A bar is a no-brainer. Opening a bar is hard, and running a successful bar is infinitely harder. A disturbing number of people think that if you can scratch together the money to get in, a bar will return astronomical profits, just because it is well stocked and the doors are open.

Why is liquor license important?

When you sell alcohol in combination with food, your profit margins jump up significantly. Also, with the sale of alcohol, there is a much greater market which increases sales potential with little time preparation.

When would you need a liquor license?

You need an alcohol special licence if you are: selling alcohol at an event. charging an entry fee or collecting donations where alcohol is being supplied for free.

What is a business license?

A business license is a government document that certifies a business is safe for the public. Exactly which kinds of licenses you require depends upon the kind of business you operate and where you operate it.

What is considered liquor?

Liquor- Liquor is simply the name used to describe any distilled beverage. Simply put, staples like gin, vodka, rum and tequila are all forms of liquor. Liquor also is distilled and has an alcohol content of at least 20 percent, although 40 percent is more common.

What is difference liquor and liqueur?

The general rule of thumb is liqueur has added sugar. It often has a sweet and syrup taste, whereas liquor has that alcoholic taste and may have overtones of other flavors. Liqueurs can be sipped neat, over ice, or as part of a cocktail, which at times may include coffee or cream.

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