Section 12: Event Guidelines


The Permit Holder, Responsible Person(s) and/or Designated Person must be present throughout the tailgate event.


Under a Tailgate Event Permit, the permit holder must allow patrons to bring their own alcohol for consumption at the event.

It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that patrons attending the tailgate event do not leave the permit area with unsealed or opened alcohol.

In cases where a patron is departing the event in a motorized vehicle (other than a form of public transit), the permit holder must ensure that the alcohol that is leaving the premises is sealed and unopened, or packed in baggage that is fastened closed and not readily available to anyone in the vehicle. Permit holders must also ensure that patrons leaving by foot, or other means, transport any of their unfinished alcohol in a closed container.


Under a Tailgate Event Permit, permit holders may allow vehicles to enter and park within the permit area (i.e. a tailgate event taking place in a parking lot).

Permit holders are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of patrons attending the event.


A Tailgate Event permit holder may advertise or promote the availability of alcohol only in accordance with the Registrar’s Advertising Guidelines. Please refer to Subsection 7(2), Regulation 389/91 of the Liquor Licence Act for further information.


The permit holder must provide security sufficient to ensure that the conditions of the permit and requirements of the Liquor Licence Act are observed. In order to determine whether security is sufficient, the permit holder shall consider:

  • The size of the premises
  • The age and number of persons attending the event
  • If vehicles are present.


AGCO Compliance Officials and police officers have the authority to access and inspect any location or area where a Tailgate event is being held.

If breaches of the Liquor Licence Act or its regulations are observed or if there is an immediate threat to public safety, an AGCO Compliance Official or police officer may revoke a SOP while the event is underway.

A Permit Holder, Responsible Person(s) and/or Designated Person may be issued a monetary penalty by the AGCO as a result of specific breaches of the Liquor Licence Act or its regulations. For further information please refer to the Schedule of Monetary Penalties.


Smart Serve Ontario offers a responsible alcohol beverage service training program for the Ontario hospitality industry. While not a requirement, permit holders and/or their staff may wish to consider taking this training to learn more about safe and responsible sale and service of alcohol.  For more information, please contact Smart Serve Ontario (see Appendix A –Contact Information)


The AGCO has published a tip sheet to help you in planning your event.