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Non-Sale Permit

This permit is required for private functions where alcohol is served but not sold, and the event is not held in a private residence or other private place. Typically, non-sale permits are used for staff parties, weddings, reunions and various family functions.

In this section:

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


Non-sale permits are available to individuals, businesses and organizations.  Events must be open to invited guests only, may not be publicly advertised, and there can be no direct or indirect charge for alcohol.

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.


Permits are typically issued for a single event, but in limited circumstances, such as regular meetings of bona fide organizations or social functions held by seniors’ organizations, a non-sale permit may be issued for up to one year, for a maximum of one event per week held at the same time and location. Special conditions may apply to these permits.


In most cases, minors may attend non-sale events 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 act 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.

Non-sale permits are valid for a maximum of 12 hours.