Why do you need to Apply?
If you open a business that requires a license, you may not, unless otherwise indicated, begin trading before a license has been issued. Trading without a valid license is a punishable offense. Licensing is governed by the Business Act No. 71 of 1991, which is national law. Schedule 1 of the Business Act No 71 of 1991 lists the businesses which need a license.
Only applies to Drakenstein Municipality which includes the following areas: Paarl, Wellington, Saron, Hermon and Gouda.
Which businesses need to apply for a License?
Steps on how to Apply for a Business License
Step 1: You need to complete a business license application forms (L1) which is available from the Civic Centre, Bergriver Boulevard, Paarl, as well at the Municipal Offices, 3rd Floor, Paarl Civic Centre.
For enquiries contact:
Licence OfficerMr. Zolile Charles Quwe Tel: 021 807 4593 or 082 375 2447
Administrative OfficerAdmin Officer U. Johanneson Tel: 021 807 4557 Fax: 021 8728054
Office Hours Monday Thursday: 07h45 17h00Friday: 07h45 - 15h45
Step 2: The application must be completed and submitted to the License Officer. The Town Planning Department will assist you to establish whether there are business rights on the property and whether the zoning rights comply with the Scheme Regulations.If your application complies with the aforementioned requirements, the application process can proceed.
Step 3: Payment of FeeAn application fee (annually increased as per Council's tariff structure) is payable at the cashiers for the application of a business license.A receipt will be issued for the fees paid.
Step 4: Circulation for CommentsThe application is then sent to the relevant Departments for comments and recommendations, which may include :Environmental Health, Planning, Fire Services and Electricity.
Step 5: Issuing of LicenseOnce the comments of all relevant departments have been received, the Department Community Services, Licensing, will issue the license.
Other Requirements which may need to be met.If reports received from the relevant departments indicate that other requirements need to be met, the Department of Community Services will send a notice to the applicant. The applicant must comply with the requirements and then arrange a reinspection with the officer concerned.
License IssuedThe license will be issued only once ALL relevant departments have returned a recommendation of approval.Does the business licence have to be renewed?Traders do not have to apply for a new licence every year.They do have to apply for a new licence:if they move their business to other premisesif they sell the business, the new owner will have to apply for a licence.
What happens if a person sells food and does not get a business licence?It is a criminal offence to operate without a licence, when the business has anything to do with:making or selling food which can go off certain types of health or entertainment activities.The owner could be fined up to R1000 or be given a prison sentence of up to 3 years. It is also a criminal offence to sell alcohol without a liquor licence.
Note: A business license or application can not be transferred with a change of ownership.A business license can be withdrawn or suspended if there is a failure to comply with an endorsement.
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