When do I need a special occasion permit?
Special occasion permits are required for anyone selling alcohol, or serving alcohol at an event, such as a wedding, cabaret or other event, that is not held in a commercially permitted establishment (such as a restaurant), a 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 or visit your local Saskatchewan liquor retail store.
What type of special occasion permit do I need?
The SOP online application will determine the type and cost of the permit you need based on the answers to the application questions.
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, 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, Licenses and Registrations section. If your permit is not displayed on your dashboard or if you applied through a Saskatchewan liquor retailer, you can contact SLGA’s Client Services Branch at SOP@slga.com or by phone, toll free at 1 (800) 667-7565 or (306)787-5563 in Regina and speak to a Customer Service Associate.
Where can I buy the 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 attached to the permit in order to make the permit valid.
Do people serving the 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 provides server intervention training and is administered by Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC). The course provides education to help to identify intoxication, handling situations involving minors and effective approaches to discontinue or refuse to sell or serve alcohol. 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 damages 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 at LL@slga.com.
Where can I find out more information about special occasion permits?
You can find more information about SOPs on our website, including the Special Occasion Policy Manual.
Who can I contact at SLGA if I have questions?
You can contact SLGA’s Client Services Branch at SOP@slga.com or by phone, toll free at 1 (800) 667-7565 or (306)787-5563 in Regina and speak to a Customer Service Associate.