The Competitive Bidding Process lets people and businesses bid on the opportunity to apply for an available license. The highest bidder is allowed to apply for the license.

Anyone who wishes to apply must submit their bid through My Revenue.

All bids must include:

  • A $100 processing fee, and
  • An Irrevocable Letter of Credit (ILOC):
    • For the exact same name as the bidder on the electronic form;
    • Equal to or greater than the bid amount; and
    • Good for one year after the competitive bid deadline.

The minimum bid is set at 75% of the market value of the license compared to licenses with the same type and privileges sold in the quota area or a similar area.

The competitive bidding process is subject to Liquor Competitive Bidding Terms and Conditions (PDF, 270 KB).

Upcoming Bidding Opportunities

You can find all scheduled competitive bids on our Competitive Bidding Process calendar.

Belgrade Quota Area

Type
All-Alcoholic Beverages Floater License for the Belgrade Quota Area (Gambling Restricted)
Available
1
Minimum Bid
$342,500
Dates
February 1, 2018 through March 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM Mountain Standard Time
Map
Quota License Boundary – Bozeman & Belgrade (PDF, 2MB)

Bozeman Quota Area

Type
New, original Montana Retail On-Premises Consumption Beer License for the Bozeman Quota Area (Gambling Restricted)
Available
1
Minimum Bid
$187,500
Dates
February 1, 2018 through March 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM Mountain Standard Time
Map
Quota License Boundary – Bozeman & Belgrade (PDF, 2MB)

Related Laws

What Happened to the Liquor Lottery?

During the 2017 Legislative Special Session, the legislature passed Senate Bill 5 (SB-5).

SB-5 made significant changes in the alcoholic beverage industry, including the change to a competitive bidding process for available licenses.

Read the complete text of Senate Bill 5 for more details.

Quick Information

Fees

Processing
$100
Minimum Bid
75% of Market Value

As determined by the department

Related Forms and Links

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