What is the role of the National Liquor Authority?

The National Liquor Authority (NLA) is a national entity within the Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division (CCRD) of the Department of Trade and Industry. The NLA is responsible for the administration of the Liquor Act, No. 59 of 2003. NLA regulates the macro-manufacturing and distribution tiers of the liquor industry.

What is a Manufacturing Registration?

A manufacturing registration is a registration granted to any liquor manufacturer who produces volumes of liquor that exceeds the following thresholds:

What is a Distribution Registration?

A distribution registration is a registration granted to liquor traders who distribute liquor only to other liquor license holders and not to the public directly.

New Online Applications

The National Liquor Authority has developed an online system to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the application processes. The main objective of the online system is to improve accessibility to the web based CMS applications.

Who can Apply?

Anyone can apply except disqualified persons.


These are the categories of persons who are disqualified and whose application will not be considered:

Application Requirements

Any qualified person or a representative of the qualified person can apply subject to the following:

Required Documents

Applications should be accompanied by supporting documents (listed in the Liquor Act & Regulations and instructions in the application form). All documents should be certified, scanned and clearly visible.

Proof of Payment

The applicant should provide and attach proof of payment of the application fee when lodging the application and the initial registration fee prior to the issuance of the Registration Certificate.