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Botswana - Transfer of a Liquor License or Permit

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Apply In-Person

  1. Applicants should visit the Town/District Councils Commercial office near you for the transfer application process (see address and contact details below}.
  2. Collect the Application form for Transfer of a licence from the Town/District Councils Commercial offices front desk or use this link to download Link
  3. Submit the completed form, along with the supporting documents, {mentioned under required document section below} to the attending official at the Town/District Councils Commercial offices.
  4. The official will then verify that all the necessary information and documents have been provided and that the applications comply with the selection criteria, the applicants will then be issued with an acknowledgment receipt.
  5. The application file will then be forwarded to the Liquor Control Authority for assessment, processing and consideration, which is approximately within 30 working days.
  6. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by way of mail, SMS, or phone call.
  7. If the liquor license transfer has been approved, the license will be made available for withdrawal by the applicant at the Town/District Council commercial office where the application was filed, upon payment of applicable license fees and against the applicant National identity card and acknowledgment slip.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Certified copy of valid National Identity Card (Omang) for owners, shareholders or directors who are citizens.
  • Certified copy of passport, work and residence permit for owners, shareholders or directors who are non-citizens.
  • The original or certified copy of physical planner’s report validating zoning for the plot upon which the activities will occur. Physical planners are employed by the District Council and should be booked by the applicants to validate zoning.
  • The original or a certified copy of the environmental health report for the business premises in question. The report must be completed by health inspectors employed by the District Council and the applicant must book the health inspector for inspection.
  • The latest copy of the annual returns form obtained from the Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Trade and Industry
Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs

Physical Address:
Annex Building
Plot 54380, Central Business District (CBD), Gaborone

Postal address:
Private Bag 00252
Tel: (267) 3911233
Fax: (267) 397523

All the Local Authorities (Town/District Councils Commercial offices) across the country Contacts: : Link
Opening hours: 07:30 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.



Transfer of the liquor license/permit can occur in the following situation, where;

  • The licensee is a citizen or a wholly citizen owned company of Botswana holding a reserved licence, to another citizen or wholly owned citizen company;
  • the licence issued is in respect of specified premises, to another premises within the same district, sub district, town or city;
  • the licensee has died, to his heir or beneficiary;
  • the licensee has been declared insolvent or has surrendered his estate for the benefit of his creditors, to his trustees; and
  • The licensee becomes subject to any legal disability, to his legal representatives.


  • Transfer license fee of BWP100.00.


  • The license is valid for one year and renewable thereafter

Documents to Use[edit]

  • Link {Application form}


Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time[edit]

  • The time around for processing the application is within Thirty (30) working days.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications.
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Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver,
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Please provide other instructions related to the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of the current licensee
  • Full name of the person the license is to be transfer to
  • Full legal registered name of the business
  • Reasons for the transfer
  • Business new address (in case of change of operating address)
  • Contact details
  • Identification document number
  • Business registration detail
  • Current liquor License details
  • Declaration by the applicant


Need for the Document[edit]

Transfer of a liquor licence is the process of re-issuing a licence to another person/company other than the initial holder (person/company) of the liquor license by the Liquor Control Authority

Information which might help[edit]


Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Government Service Portal:Link


More information which might help people.