The AGCO is now accepting applications for the new Special Occasion Permit - Tailgate Event through iAGCO, the AGCO’s online self-service portal.

A tailgate event is a new type of public event for which you can obtain a Special Occasion Permit (SOP). Tailgate events are held outdoors, in connection with and in proximity to a live professional, semi-professional or post-secondary sporting event. Permit holders may sell and serve alcohol, and attendees 19 years of age or older may bring their own liquor (BYOB) for consumption within the permitted area.

To hold a tailgate event, organizers must be issued a Tailgate Event SOP by the AGCO.

Permit holders and/or their designated Responsible Person must ensure compliance with the Liquor Licence Act, and its regulations, including ensuring that there is no intoxication, disorderly conduct or promotion of immoderate consumption, and that patrons under 19 years of age are not consuming alcohol at the tailgate event.

Applicants must notify in writing the local municipal clerk’s department, police, fire and health departments informing them of the tailgate event, and include a sketch identifying the physical boundaries. If a tent, marquee, pavilion or tiered seating is used, the local building department must also be notified in writing. If the expected attendance will be under 5000 people, this notification is required 30 days prior to the event; if more than 5000 people are expected, municipalities should be notified at least 60 days prior to the event.

Applicants should apply to the AGCO for a Tailgate Event Permit at least 30 days before the event and copies of the above notifications must be submitted with the application.  Permits cost $150 per day and payment must be made in iAGCO at the time of the application, by Visa, MasterCard, Interac Online, Visa Debit or MasterCard Debit.

For more information please see the Tailgate Event Permit Guide, the Tailgate Event Permits: Frequently Asked Questions and Information Bulletin No. 57.

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