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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 were due by noon on Friday, March 3, and top bidders were 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.
Following validation of 90 bids received by the March 3 deadline, Notices of Selection were sent to top bidders on 42 licenses.  Winning bids in the second auction ranged from $25,001 for a license in Lower Yoder Township, Cambria County, to $463,802 for a license in Abington Township, Montgomery County. The average winning bid in the second auction was $119,315. 
The highest responsible bidder for each license wins 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.