If you want a Pennsylvania liquor license for your restaurant, you may be in luck. On September 7, 2022, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) sent out a release announcing an invitation to bid on expired restaurant liquor licenses. This is the first auction since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic so there may be some pent-up demand.\u00a0 However, the process is a bit obtuse for those who haven\u2019t actually submitted a bid.\u00a0 We at Gross McGinley, LLP, are here to help.Where are the Licenses?According to PLCB\u2019s announcement, the auction will include at least one (1) license from the following counties:\tBerks\tBlair\tBradford\tBucks\tCambria\tCarbon\tCentre\tChester\tClinton\tDauphin\tDelaware\tElk\tLebanon\tMifflin\tMonroe\tMontgomery\tMontour\tNorthampton\tSchuylkill\tWayne\tYorkAs you can see, in the Lehigh Valley, Northampton County has one license available. Additionally, the Schuylkill Valley has licenses available in both Berks and Schuylkill CountiesThe ProcessBidders need to fill out a bid application which can be found on the PLCB website. In the meantime, there are three important dates to remember:\tSeptember 23 (noon deadline) \u2013 potential bidders must submit any questions via email to RA-LBLicenseAuction@pa.gov. For your information, all questions and answers will be posted to the website by 3:00 p.m. on September 28.\tOctober 31 (noon deadline) \u2013 all bids are due. The key here is to make sure that your bid complies with all rules and regulations.\u00a0 Failure to do so can disqualify your bid.\u00a0\tNovember 2 \u2013 sealed bids will be opened, and winners will be announced \u201csoon thereafter.\u201d This is usually done via a live video cast available on the PLCB website.The minimum bid for each license is $25,000, and each bid must be accompanied by a bid surety of $5,000 or 5% of the total bid amount \u2013 whichever is higher \u2013 to avoid frivolous and underfunded bids.So restauranteurs, if you want a Pennsylvania liquor license, now is your opportunity. If you need help with your bid or have other liquor law questions, please reach out to the liquor law attorneys at Gross McGinley, LLP, and we will be happy to assist you.Attorney Jason A. Ulrich is a partner working in our Business Services and Municipal Law Groups. He has counseled and guided many restaurants, bars and other businesses and towns to navigate the PLCB\u00a0 regulations.