A license applicant who is purchasing the existing business that is currently licensed to sell alcoholic beverages may file an application for a Temporary Retail Permit. This allows the license applicant to begin operating the business and serving alcoholic beverages while their application for a permanent license is being reviewed. In order to qualify for this permit, the establishment must have been open and operating at least 30 days prior to the filing of the application.

The permit is granted at the discretion of the SLA for a period of 90 days, and may be renewed.  Issuance of the permit is not a guarantee that the licensee will be approved for a permanent license.