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Restaurant License Auction

Act 39 of 2016 requires the PLCB to auction expired restaurant licenses, including those that were not renewed, were revoked by an Administrative Law Judge or are no longer eligible for safekeeping.

On Jan. 3, 2017, the PLCB issued an invitation for bid to award 50 expired restaurant licenses across 48 counties in the second license auction since Act 39 became effective. Bids for the following licenses are due by noon on Friday, March 3, and auction winners will be determiend the week of March 6.
  • One license in each of these 46 counties: Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Venango, Warren, Wayne, Wyoming, and York counties.
  • Two licenses each in Philadelphia and Allegheny County.

The minimum bid for each license is $25,000, and each bid must be accompanied by a $5,000 bid surety intended to avoid frivolous and underfunded bids.

The highest responsible bidder for each license will win the right to submit an application for the license to the PLCB within six months of auction award. If bid payment is not received within two weeks of auction award, the second-highest bidder will have the opportunity to apply for the license. Bids will be held in escrow by the PLCB, pending approval of the license application.

Bidders with questions regarding this invitation for bid must submit inquiries via email to by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Questions and answers will be posted to the Department of General Services e-marketplace website by noon on Monday, Jan. 30.

The first license auction was conducted in Fall 2016 and offered 40 licenses across 21 counties. Following validation of 134 bids received timely and receipt of full bid payments, 37 licenses were awarded.