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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.
Two auctions have been completed, and bids for 50 licenses across 40 counties offered through the third auction are due by noon on Friday, June 30. Bids will be opened and auction winners will be determined the week of July 3.

The third auction includes:

  • Two licenses each in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York.

  • One license in each of the following 40 counties: Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Dauphin, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Tioga, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
Bidders with questions regarding this invitation for bid must submit inquiries via email to by noon on Wednesday, May 24. Questions and answers will be posted to the Department of General Services e-marketplace website by noon on Friday, May 26.
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 responsive 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 opportunity to apply for the license. Bids will be held in escrow by the PLCB, pending approval of the license application.