I can't understand why is dbo the only grantor in SQL Server? Or am I wrong?

I mean it as follow: No matter as which user I am currently loged in in SQL Server Management Studio, when I go to properties of a database under Securables and grant some permissions to a user and save it and come back to Securables: dbo is shown as Grantor for those permissions, which I granted before and not the current loged in user.

Why is it so?

Under which scenario could I see another user than dbo as grantor?


2 Answers 2


Probably because all your logins are sysadmin, and sysadmin always connects as dbo.

Try something like:

create user fred without login

create user joe without login

grant select to fred with grant option

execute as user='fred'
  grant select to joe

select * from sys.database_permissions
  • That was the reason. Thanks for your help :)
    – John
    Oct 2, 2018 at 23:03

I think its simply because dbo literally stands for Database Owner. The properties of a Database and changes should be granted from the dbo role.

Outside of the Database, maybe at the server level, SA becomes the grantor of permissions.

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