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Retail Liquor Permits

The first auctions to allocate additional retail liquor store permits begin on Nov. 27.

The first auctions includes five communities where interest in a retail store permit has been expressed. The communities are: Estevan, Martensville, Melfort, Weyburn and Warman.

The auctions are being conducted by McDougall Auctioneers. The auctions will be held online in real time and will close on Dec. 6. 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.

The government announced it plans to allocate additional permits in May 2019. An auction will only occur if someone expresses interest in a community where there is an available retail store permit. 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.

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

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

News release and Backgrounder: Allocation of Additional Retail Liquor Permits

Read the recent 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.