Special Alcohol License & Permit Policies

The following licenses and permit are available upon application and required fee at the time of submission along with a copy of the liquor liability insurance and approval by the Spearfish City Council or City Administrator. These licenses and permits are required if alcohol is being sold off the premise of a license holder.

Special Malt Beverage Retailers License:  

  • The fee is $50 per day.
  • To be eligible, approval of this special alcohol license must be in conjunction with a special event for any civic, charitable, educational, fraternal or veterans organization or any licensee licensed as an on-sale liquor licensee or on & off sale malt beverage licensee.  (Retail Liquor (RL) or Retail Malt Beverage (RB))
  • There is a limit of fifteen (15) consecutive days.
  • No person or entity may be issued more than twenty (20) special alcohol licenses per calendar year.
  • Public hearing is required unless applicant already holds a retail license within the City of Spearfish.

Special On-Sale Wine Retailers License:

  • The fee is $50 per day.
  • To be eligible, approval of this special alcohol license must be in conjunction with a special event for any civic, charitable, educational, fraternal or veterans organization or any licensee licensed as an on-sale liquor licensee or on & off sale wine licensee. (Retail Liquor (RL), Retail Wine (RW))
  • There is a limit of fifteen (15) consecutive days.
  • No person or entity may be issued more than twenty (20) special alcohol licenses per calendar year.
  • Public hearing is required unless applicant already holds a retail license within the City of Spearfish.

Special On-Sale Liquor License:

  • The fee is $100 per day.
  • To be eligible, approval of this special alcohol license must be in conjunction with a special event for any civic, charitable, educational, fraternal or veterans organization or any licensee licensed as an on-sale liquor licensee. (Retail Liquor (RL), Retail Restaurant (RR))
  • There is a limit of fifteen (15) consecutive days.
  • No person or entity may be issued more than twenty (20) special alcohol licenses per calendar year.
  • Public hearing is required unless applicant already holds a retail license within the City of Spearfish.

Special Off-Sale Package SD Farm Wine Dealers License:

  • The fee is $50 per day.
  • To be eligible, approval of this special alcohol license must be in conjunction with a special event for any civic, charitable, educational, fraternal or veterans organization or any licensee licensed as an off-sale liquor licensee, and on & off sale wine licensee. (Package Liquor (PL), Retail Wine (RW))
  • There is a limit of fifteen (15) consecutive days.
  • No person or entity may be issued more than twenty (20) special alcohol licenses per calendar year.
  • This temporary license is limited to selling wine produced by a South Dakota Farm Winery.
  • Public hearing is required unless applicant already holds an off sale license within the City of Spearfish.

Brown Bag Permit:

  • The fee is $40.00 per day, and may not exceed twenty-four (24) hours.
  • This permit allows the applicant the approval for consumption, but not the sale, trade, barter or exchange of any alcoholic beverage while on city-owned property.
  • The hours of authorized consumption may not exceed those permitted for on-sale licenses.
  • The applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and provide an acceptable form of identification.
  • Brown bag permit applications are available at the Spearfish Recreation and Aquatic Center at 605-722-1430 and approved by the City Administrator or Chief of Police.