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Requirements and Definitions

Requirements

Application for Vendor's Licence – all liquor permitted establishments must hold a Vendor’s Licence issued by Saskatchewan Finance in order to collect and remit Provincial Sales Tax and Liquor Consumption Tax to Saskatchewan Finance. Download the form.

Band Council Approval – if the establishment will be located on reserve land, SLGA requires written approval from the Band Council stating they approve of the application for a liquor permit by the applicant.

Cut-off Period (also known as Tolerance Period) – after the lawful sale of beverage alcohol ceases, a permit holder must keep the establishment open for at least one half hour but not longer than one hour to allow patrons to finish their drinks of beverage alcohol.  No alcohol can be sold or served during this period, except in closed containers through an authorized off-sale for consumption off the permitted premises.

Establishment (also known as Permitted Premises) – this is how SLGA refers to a physical location to which a liquor permit applies. 

Floor Plan – a drawing of the premises indicating the location of washrooms, fixtures, liquor dispensing facilities, liquor storage, food preparation areas and all exits and entrances (exterior and interior).  These plans should be drawn to scale.

Food Menu – all liquor permitted establishments must make food and non-alcoholic beverages available to their customers.  The level of food service required will vary depending on the type of establishment.  A restaurant, or a tavern with a dining endorsement, is required to provide a food menu consisting of at least six (6) full course meals.  Other permit types typically must make light meals (e.g. appetizers) available.

Full Course Meals - more substantial food items than a light meal or appetizer, typically including main entrees such as pizza, pasta or meat dishes. This type of menu is required for Restaurant Permits and Tavern Permits with Family Dining endorsements.

Hotel/Motel Operator Approval – written consent by the hotel/motel owner for a restaurant or tavern permit holder to provide liquor room service to guestrooms in the hotel/motel.  All restaurants and taverns are endorsed to provide room service, but can only do so in a specific location if they have this approval.  Permittees must be prepared to provide a copy of the approval to SLGA if requested.

Landlord's Consent – if the applicant is subleasing the property, proof of possession must include written approval from the Landlord of the Sub Lease Agreement between the Lessee and Sublessee (applicant).

Light Meals - generally consist of one item, typically a smaller serving that may be referred to as an appetizer, e.g. nachos, dry ribs, chicken fingers, sandwiches, salads, etc. Snacks such as chips or peanuts are not sufficient to meet this requirement. This type of menu is required for Tavern Permits and most Special Use Permits. 

Manufacturer Representative – an agent from the beverage alcohol industry that is authorized to distribute, market and promote beverage alcohol in Saskatchewan.

Maximum Regulated Hours – the controlled hours for the sale and service of beverage alcohol. These are between:
9:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. of the following day, Monday to Sunday; or
9:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. of the following day on December 31.

Establishments with off-sale endorsements can continue to sell in closed containers for consumption off the permitted premises during the Tolerance Period.  Special Use Home Delivery permit holders may continue to take and delivery orders of beverage alcohol during the Tolerance Period.

Minor – a person under the age of 19 years.  In all cases, a person is considered a minor until the calendar day of their 19th birthday. 

Municipal Approval – SLGA requires written consent from the municipality to approve any of the following: a Temporary Patio endorsement (located on civic property), a Daily or Sunday Family Dining endorsement, or a Sidewalk Cafe endorsement (located on civic property).

Off-sale Endorsement – allows an establishment to sell beverage alcohol in closed containers for consumption off the permitted premises.  A limited number of these endorsements are available to Restaurant and Tavern Permit holders through a sealed bid process.  A Wine and Approved Beer Off-sale Endorsement is also available to all Restaurant Permit holders allowing the sale of wine and certain types of beer in closed containers to customers who have consumed a meal on the premises.

Proof of Possession – a document confirming that the applicant has the legal right to occupy the premises and to conduct the said business in the premises.  The proof of possession must be in the same name as the applicant for the liquor permit.  Proof of Possession may take a variety of forms:

Certificate of Title – a document issued by Information Systems Corporation (formerly: Land Titles Office) indicating the applicant has legal ownership of the said premises.

Agreement for Sale/Purchase Agreement – a document that indicates the purchaser (applicant) is bound by an agreement to take legal possession of said premises.  SLGA can begin processing an application with this type of proof, but will require a copy of the Certificate of Title as soon as it becomes available.

Lease Agreement – an agreement between a Landlord and a Tenant that gives the Tenant (i.e., applicant) the legal right to occupy the said premises and to conduct the said business in those premises.  This document must be signed by all concerned parties.

Sublease Agreement – an agreement between a Tenant and a Subtenant that gives the Subtenant (i.e., applicant) the legal right to occupy the said premises and to conduct the said business in those premises.  This document must be signed by all concerned parties.  A copy of the Head Lease Agreement may also be required.

Head Lease Agreement – another name for a Lease Agreement between a Landlord and a Tenant that is used in cases where there is also a Sublease Agreement.  A copy of this document may be required along with the Sub Lease Agreement.

Public Eating Establishment Licence – a licence issued by the Regional Health Authority that entitles the holder to operate a facility as a Public Eating Establishment.  All permitted restaurants, plus taverns that hold dining endorsements, must hold a Public Eating Establishment Licence, and must be prepared to provide a copy of that document to SLGA if requested.  Businesses that apply for Special Use Catering permits will be required to provide a copy of the Public Eating Establishment Licence in order to qualify for the permit.  You should check with your Regional Health Authority if you are uncertain whether your business needs this type of licence.

Saskatchewan Operating Authority Certificate – if the application is for a public transportation vehicle, SLGA will require approval in the form of this certificate from the Saskatchewan Highway Traffic Board to operate a commercial or business use vehicle for the purpose of transporting passengers for hire within or outside of Saskatchewan.

Statutory Advertising – new applicants are required to publicly advertise their intention to operate a liquor permitted establishment, and some applicants may also be required to post a notice at the proposed outlet for two consecutive weeks. The public is invited to submit objections to the permit being issued, which are then considered through a public hearing process.  The advertising must take a specific form, so applicants should wait for instruction from SLGA before proceeding or risk having to repeat the process.

Tavern – an establishment where the primary purpose is the sale of beverage alcohol.

Tavern Brew Pub – an establishment where the primary purpose includes both selling beverage alcohol and manufacturing beer on the premises.  A Tavern Brew Pub requires a Manufacturer Permit as well as a Tavern Brew Pub Permit, both held by the same person.

Tavern Endorsement – allows a restaurant to operate as a liquor-primary establishment after 8:00 pm every night.  To get a tavern endorsement, you will be required to provide a letter from the municipality indicating their approval of that type of operation in that location.  You will also be required to complete the Statutory Advertising requirement

Vehicle Registration – if the application is for a vehicle or vessel, SLGA requires a copy of the Certificate of Registration issued by SGI or Transport Canada, as applicable.


Definitions

After Hours Event – an endorsement to a commercial liquor permit that allows a tavern establishment to run a no-alcohol event between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. when the establishment ordinarily must be vacant.

All Ages Event – an endorsement to a commercial liquor permit that is normally minors-prohibited, allowing a no-alcohol event where minors may be present.  Beverage alcohol must be stored in a locked compartment during the event so that it is not visible or accessible to patrons attending the event.  If the establishment has VLTs, they must be covered in a way that prevents minors from viewing or accessing them.

Co-operative – a legal entity owned and controlled by its members, working for the production or distribution of goods and/or services to its members.  Profits may be shared by its members or returned to the business operation.

Corporation – a legal entity owned by a group of shareholders that is lawfully authorized to carry on business in Saskatchewan.  May be for-profit (Corporation With Share Capital) or non-profit (Corporation Without Share Capital).

Individual – one person.

Interim Permit – a temporary liquor permit that allows a qualified applicant to sell and serve beverage alcohol while SLGA continues to process the application.  This permit is typically issued for three months, but can be extended for an additional three months if necessary.  In most cases, an interim permit will only be issued if the establishment has been permitted in the past.

Lessee (also known as Tenant) – an entity that has the legal right to occupy a property through the authority of a Lease Agreement with the owner of the property.

Minor – a person under the age of 19 years.  In all cases, a person is considered a minor until the calendar day of their 19th birthday.

Owner – an entity that has legal ownership of a property registered with Information Systems Corporation (formerly:  Land Titles Office).

Partnership of Individuals and/or Corporations – an unincorporated entity consisting of one or more individuals and/or corporations that mutually own and control a business.

Permit Extension – an endorsement to a commercial liquor permit that authorizes the sale of beverage alcohol during a specific function in an area of the establishment that is normally not permitted. 

Seasonal Permit – issued to an establishment that operates for part of a year, such as a curling club or golf club.

Sub-lessee (also known as Subtenant) – an entity that has the legal right to occupy a property through the authority of a Sub-Lease Agreement with a Lessee that is agreed to by the owner of the property.

Temporary Patio – an endorsement to a commercial liquor permit that authorizes the sale of beverage alcohol during a specific function in a temporary outdoor area adjacent to the establishment. By policy, billiard halls and golf simulator facilities are ineligible for this endorsement.

Tenant (also known as Lessee) – an entity that has the legal right to occupy a property through the authority of a Lease Agreement with the owner of the property.