When do I need a Special Occasion Permit (SOP)?
Special Occasion Permits are required for anyone selling alcohol, or serving alcohol at an event that is not held in a commercially permitted establishment (such as a taven, restaurant, or similar location), an occupied private residence or another private place. A permit is required even if you are not charging for the alcohol. ‘Bring Your Own Alcohol’ (BYOB) events are strictly prohibited.
Where can I get a Special Occasion Permit?
You can apply online. Some Saskatchewan liquor stores may also offer this service. Inquire at your preferred retailer.
What type of Special Occasion Permit do I apply for?
The SOP online application is the same for all types of events. The category of permit that you receive will be determined by the details of your upcoming event.
When should I apply?
You should apply at least 10 days in advance of your event to ensure adequate time for processing. Some events such as those held outdoors, or large events may require additional information or more processing time so it is important to get your application in early. If you apply at least 10 days in advance of your event, you will receive a 20% discount off the permit fee.
How can I find out if my application has been approved?
If you applied online, you can log into your account at SLGA.com and check your My Dashboard page in the Permits, Licences and Registrations section. You can also contact SLGA’s Client Services Branch by email or by phone, toll free at 1 (800) 667-7565 or (306) 787-5563 in Regina and speak to a Client Services Associate.
Where can I buy alcohol for my event?
All alcohol served at your event must be purchased from a Saskatchewan liquor retailer or a Saskatchewan craft alcohol manufacturer. All receipts for purchased alcohol must be onsite at the event in order to make the permit valid.
Do people serving alcohol need to complete the Serve It Right Saskatchewan (SIRS) training course?
The course is not mandatory for Special Occasion Permit holders, but it is available to anyone wishing to take the training. The SIRS program is administered by Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) and is typically targeted at commercial permittees within Saskatchewan. The course provides education to help to identify intoxication, handle situations involving minors and provide effective approaches to discontinue or refuse to sell or serve alcohol.
STEC also provides an online course for unpaid volunteers who serve or sell alcohol under a Special Occasion Permit. This course is not mandatory but does provide helpful information regarding the service of alcohol at events covered by a Special Occasion Permit.
For more information, visit Serve It Right Saskatchewan.
Do I need insurance for my event?
While you are not required to have liability insurance, it is good practice. As the permit holder, you may be held liable should anyone at your event be injured. This includes injuries that happen during the event itself as well as related injuries that may occur after the event. For example, if a guest at your event becomes intoxicated and attempts to drive himself home, you may be held liable for any damage he causes to himself or to other people. Party Alcohol Liability Insurance is available from many Saskatchewan insurance brokers.
I am hosting a large event. Who can I contact for assistance?
SLGA does offer in person or telephone consultations to permit holders that cover a number of topics for large SOP events such as security, liability, minors, etc. You can request a SOP consultation via email.
Where can I find out more information about Special Occasion Permits?
Who can I contact at SLGA if I have questions?
You can contact SLGA’s Client Services Branch at by email or by phone, toll free at 1 (800) 667-7565 or (306) 787-5563 in Regina and speak to a Client Services Associate.