Steps Involved in Obtaining a Liquor Licence
- Completed zoning forms and confirmation of zoning
- Zoning site visit/inspection
- Applying for environmental health inspection and certificate
- Payment of liquor licence application
- Public notice in Botswana Government Gazette for 21 days
- Consideration of the application by the Liquor Licensing Authority
- Decision by the Liquor Licensing Authority
- Payment of liquor licence fee
- Collection of a liquor licence.
Processing time for a liquor licence application is currently 70 days.
Requirements for a Liquor Licence Application
The following documents must be submitted:
- Completed application form and P100.00 application fee.
- Copy of Certificate of Incorporation, or registration certificate in case of individual or partnership applicants.
- Certified copies of forms 8, 13, 14 and 15, and copies of share certificates of the company directors and shareholders.
- Proof of availability of premises (lease, agreement or title).
- Proof of advertisement in Botswana Government Gazette, with a stamped copy of receipt, according to regulation 3(2) of the Liquor Act, 2003. The Control Authority will not consider an application for a licence where the both first and second notices of the application were not published for at least 21 days in accordance with Section 13 of the Liquor Act, 2003.
- Certified copies of valid Omang for citizens, and of passports for non-citizen directors and shareholders.
- Zoning report of the premises from the Physical Planner
- Satisfactory Environmental Health Report for the business premises from District Council Health Inspectors.
Liquor regulation 7 (1) requires that any liquor establishment must be located at least 500 metres from a school, church, highway or major road. Application forms should be submitted to the commercial office of the municipality/council in the relevant district Applicants are required to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the Liquor Act and its subsidiary legislation. All applications are considered by the Liquor Control Authority.
Renewal of Liquor Licence
Liquor licences must be renewed annually.