Butchery License In South Africa

How to apply for a Retail Butcher Shop Licence

In accordance with the Meat Industry Act 1993, you are unable to commence operations until a licence has been granted by PrimeSafe.

To obtain a PrimeSafe licence you will need to:

  • Ensure that your facility complies with the construction requirements of the relevant standard.
  • Sign an agreement with a PrimeSafe approved third party auditor.
  • Submit a licence application together with the applicable fee.

When should I apply?

Applications for a PrimeSafe licence should be submitted 10 days prior to the date you wish to commence operations.

Application form

New applications can be made online or by downloading an application form. Online applications require payment by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only). A surcharge of 0.35% of the total fee payable will apply. The online form is for new applications only and cannot be used to renew a licence.

Apply online

OR

Download application form

Renewing applications

The licence period for a retail butcher shop licence is 1 January to 31 December.

Application form

PrimeSafe will send you an application to renew your licence around the middle of November. It is important that you renew your licence by 31 December each year to ensure that your licence remains current and you do not operate unlicensed.

Any licensee who fails to renew their licence by 31 December may be required to pay an application fee in addition to the annual renewal fee.

Requirements

Name of Applicant and Nominated Operator

You will need to nominate a name under which the licence will be held at the time of application. The applicant can either be you, a partnership or a company. PrimeSafe cannot accept business or trading names as the applicant.

You will also need to nominate an operator of your facility. The operator holds an important position and has responsibility for the operations of the facility.

  • Where the applicant is a company, the operator must be an officer of the company.
  • Where the applicant is a partnership, the operator must be a partner.
  • Where the applicant is a person, the operator must be that person.

Third Party Auditor

You will need to nominate a PrimeSafe approved third party auditor on your application form. A third party auditor is engaged by you to conduct audits of your facility once a licence has been granted by PrimeSafe. You should contact a third party auditor and sign an agreement for auditing services prior to submitting an application.

Approved third party auditors

You will need to demonstrate to PrimeSafe that you have engaged a third party auditor to conduct audits of your facility otherwise a licence will not be issued.

Where confirmation of auditing services has not been received within 30 days of the pre-licence inspection, your application will be cancelled. The annual fee will be refunded and the application fee forfeited.

Construction Inspection

You will need to ensure that your facility complies with the relevant standard prior to submitting an application.

Standards and guidelines

Once your application has been processed, a PrimeSafe Licensing Manager will contact you to arrange a suitable time for a pre-licence inspection of your facility to confirm whether it complies with the construction requirements of the relevant standard.

Where your facility complies with the construction requirements of the relevant standard, you may commence operations immediately (provided that confirmation of auditing services has been received). If you do not wish to commence operations immediately, you will need to nominate a commencement date within 30 days of the inspection. In the event that you are unable to commence operations within 30 days of the initial inspection, your application will be cancelled. The annual fee will be refunded and the application fee forfeited.

Where your facility does not comply with the construction requirements of the relevant standard, you will be given 30 days to rectify any outstanding issues. The PrimeSafe Licensing Manager will provide you with details of any outstanding issues in writing. A further inspection of your facility may be required depending on the severity of the non-conformance.

Where you are unable to rectify all outstanding issues within 30 days from the initial inspection, your application will be cancelled. The annual fee will be refunded and the application fee forfeited.

Issue of Licence

A licence to operate a retail butcher shop will be issued following confirmation that:

  1. You have engaged the auditing services of a PrimeSafe approved third party auditor; and
  2. Your facility complies with the construction requirements of the relevant standard.

You will receive a copy of the following documents:

  • Licence certificate
  • Licence conditions
  • Relevant standards and guidelines
  • PrimeSafe Licensee Charter

It is important that you clearly understand the conditions of your licence. If you have any queries, please contact the PrimeSafe office.