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Retail Liquor Permits

The second auction to allocate additional retail liquor store permits begins on Jan. 21.

The auctions include communities where interest in a retail store permit has been expressed. Communities are: the Rural Municipality (RM) of Blucher, Carlyle, RM of Corman Park, Esterhazy, Gull Lake, RM of Kindersley, Langham, RM of Longlaketon, Regina Beach, RM of Shellbrook, Unity and White City. 

The auctions are being conducted by McDougall Auctioneers. The auctions will be held online in real time and will close on Jan. 31. Anyone interested in bidding should visit and register as a bidder. Once the auctions open, bids can be placed. The successful bidder for each auction must meet all requirements associated with obtaining a retail liquor store permit.

An auction only occurs when someone expresses interest in a community where there is an available retail store permit. Since the announcement of this approach last year, interest has been expressed in 28 communities/RMs. These permits will be distributed over auctions to be held in 2020 until all of the communities where interest has been expressed are auctioned. In cases where there is more than one permit available in a community/RM, the auction will determine the applicant for one permit only. Future auctions will be held for additional available permits.

In RMs, the retail liquor store must be located within the municipal boundaries of the RM and cannot be located within another municipality that exists within the RM. If there has not been a retail store permit or commercial permittee (tavern, restaurant) in a community for at least 12 months, SLGA provides the municipality with notice and the municipality may pass a bylaw prohibiting a liquor store and other liquor permits.

News release: Next Round of Online Auctions for Retail Liquor Permits Set To Open

Read the recent news release announcing the next round of 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.

Previous Auctions
View the results of previous auctions for retail liquor permits.