Public Events

Public Events may be held for events of significance and/or to raise funds for charitable purposes and objects that benefit the public-at-large (i.e. advancement of education, religion, relief of poverty, charitable purposes benefiting the community) or for a tailgate event that is held in connection with and in proximity to, an eligible live sporting event.

Public Event permits can be issued:

  • To registered charities
  • To non-profit organizations whose object is to promote charitable, educational, religious or community objects, or
  • For events of municipal, provincial, national or international significance.
  • For a tailgate event held at outdoor premises that are at ground level, where the event is held in connection with, and in proximity to, a live professional, semi-professional or post-secondary sporting event. For more information on tailgate events, please see the AGCO’s Tailgate Event Permit Guide.

An event of municipal significance requires a designation by the municipality in which the event will take place.  Applications must be accompanied by either a municipal resolution or a letter from a delegated municipal official designating the event as municipally significant.

  • In order to be recognized as an event of provincial, national or international significance, it must be designated as such by the AGCO.
  • Public events may be advertised to the public.
  • Alcohol may be sold at a profit (to allow for fundraising).

Classes of Public SOPs

There are three classes of Public SOPs available:

  • Sale: A Sale SOP is issued when money is collected for the sale of alcohol either directly or indirectly. This could be through, for example, an admission charge to the event, when tickets for alcohol are sold to people attending the event, or when there is any pre-collection of money for the alcohol. The application fee for a Sale Permit is $150.00 for each day of the event.
  • No Sale: A No Sale SOP is issued when alcohol is served without charge or when there is no money collected for alcohol – either directly or indirectly – from guests.
  • Tailgate Events: For Public Events that are held outdoors, in connection with, and in proximity to, an eligible live sporting event and where attendees 19 years of age or older may bring their own liquor (BYOB) for consumption at the event. These events can be advertised and the sale and/or service of alcohol are permitted at the event. 

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