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Retail Liquor Permits

The first auctions to allocate additional retail liquor store permits concluded on Dec. 6.

The online auction included five communities where interest in a retail store permit had been previously expressed. The successful bidders were:

Community Proponent Amount
Estevan New Way Liquor Store Inc. $295,000
Martensville Basile & Sons Holdings Ltd. $430,050
Melfort Melfort Liquor Lodge Inc. $825,000
Warman Basile & Sons Holdings Ltd. $500,050
Weyburn Basile & Sons Holdings Ltd. $325,100

The winning bidders will still need to proceed through the regular licensing process before a permit is issued.

Since the initial announcement, interest has been expressed in 28 communities/RMs. These permits will be distributed over auctions to be held in early 2020 until all of the communities where interest has been expressed are auctioned.

Additional liquor store permits will be allocated when someone expresses interest in a community where there is an available retail store permit. To find out if a community/RM has an available retail liquor permit, please send your name, phone number, email address and community to

Information about future auctions will be made public in a number of ways – including a provincial news release to all media outlets, ads in community newspapers, information on, notification to those who have expressed interest in a permit and notification to community officials.

In communities where more than one permit is available, the permits will be auctioned in separate sale lots.

News release: Retail Liquor Permits Available Soon in First Online Auction

Read the news release announcing the first online auctions for retail liquor store permits.

News release and Backgrounder: Allocation of Additional Retail Liquor Permits

Read the news release announcing additional retail permits as well as a background document outlining population requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the future allocation of additional liquor retail permits.