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Cost Recovery Permit

This permit authorizes the sale of alcohol at a price sufficient to recover the costs of providing beverage alcohol service at the event.

In this section:

  1. Eligibility
  2. How to Apply
  3. Restrictions
  4. Minors
  5. Additional Information


These permits are available only for private family celebrations and events, such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirement celebrations, and other family functions.

How to Apply

The best way to get your special occasion permit is to apply online. Once you've received your permit, you can purchase your alcohol at participating Saskatchewan liquor retailers.

Organizers should apply a minimum of 10 days in advance of the event.


The maximum price per drink is $3.  Individuals wanting to charge more than this amount may be eligible for up to one sale permit per year for private family functions. The fee for this cost recovery permit is $50.


Minors may attend without parental accompaniment.  If adult entertainment is being offered at the event, minors may not attend in any capacity. Minors must not purchase, consume, or participate in any way in the handling of beverage alcohol, including selling drink tickets.

Additional Information

Non-alcoholic beverages and an adequate supply of food must be available to those attending a permitted event.  Light meals, including buffets, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, etc. meet the minimum acceptable food requirements.  Snack foods such as chips and pretzels are not considered adequate. Cost recovery permits are valid for a maximum of 12 hours.