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Alcohol Beverage License
Alcoholic beverage licensing is governed by South Dakota Codified law (Title 35) and city ordinance (Title 2).Each license holder must renew their license each year.Any transfer in ownership or location must be approved by City Council for a transfer fee of $150.

In addition, any application for a new license or transfers of a license must pay a publication fee of $40. View the information below for the types of licenses offered by the City of Watertown.

Package Beer - Off-Sale Malt Beverage
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. (Including Memorial Day and Christmas Day)
  • Cost of License: $200

There is no limit to the number of this type of license.

Package Liquor - Off-Sale Package Liquor
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. (Including Memorial Day)
  • City ordinance allows malt beverage sales on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 12 p.m.
  • Cost of License: $500

City ordinance limits the number of this type of license to 10 and no new licenses can be purchased at this time.

Retail Beer - On-Off Sale Malt Beverage

  • Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. (Including Memorial Day and Christmas Day)
  • City ordinance allows sales on Sunday between the hours of 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the serving of food.Without the serving of food, Sunday hours are from 1 p.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Cost of License: $300

Video lottery is not allowed to be attached to any new Retail Beer Licenses purchased after April of 1994.Any Retail Beer License with video lottery needs to be purchased through an existing license purchased prior to 1994.There is no limit to the number of this type of license without video lottery attached.

Retail Liquor - On-Sale Liquor
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.
  • City ordinance allows sales on Memorial Day.
  • City ordinance allows sales on Sunday between the hours of 11 a.m to 12 p.m. with the serving of food
  • Cost of License: $1,500

This license is set by population and no additional licenses can be purchased at this time.

Sunday Liquor – On-Sale Liquor
  • This license allows Package Liquor and Retail Liquor License holders to serve alcohol on Sundays.
  • Must be renewed each year with the Alcoholic Beverage License.
  • Cost of License: $200

Retail Wine - On-Sale Wine
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. (Including Memorial Day and Christmas Day)
  • Cost of License: $500

There is no limit on the number of this type of license.However, the restaurant must have seating for at least 50 people to qualify for this license.

Video Lottery
  • $50 per machine

Retail liquor and any eligible retail malt beverage license are allowed 10 machines per license.Only 10 machines are allowed in any one location regardless of the number of eligible licenses attached to the location.