Eligible Sporting Events
Tailgate Event Permits may only be issued for tailgate events connected to professional, semi-professional or post-secondary level sporting events:
- Professional sporting events may include sports where the participants are major league teams such as members of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLS).
- Semi-professional sporting events may include sports where the participants are minor league teams such as members of Ontario Hockey League (OHL), AAA baseball, United Soccer League Championship.
- Post-secondary sporting events may include sports where the participants are extramural, varsity or intercollegiate sports teams
- Amateur or recreational sporting events, including events organized and played through intramural sports leagues at post-secondary institutions or otherwise, are not eligible for Tailgate Event Permits.
A proposed tailgate event must be within proximity to where the live sporting event to which the tailgate event is connected is taking place.
In addition, all Tailgate Event Permit areas (where alcohol will be sold, served and/or consumed) must be outdoors and at the ground level.
Outdoor areas are considered to be spaces that are open, or partially open, to the weather elements. Eligible outdoor locations may also include, for example, temporary structures such as a tent, marquee, pavilion or tiered seating (e.g. bleacher seating, stadium-type seating, seating arranged in sloping tiers).
Tailgate events must also take place at ground level. This generally means that the location of the event must be on the same level as the natural ground or street (as opposed to being above or below the ground or street’s surface). For example, an underground parking garage or the upper/lower levels of a multi-level parkade would not be eligible locations for a tailgate event.
As part of the application, you will be required to submit a sketch of the proposed permit area, as well as provide information about the location of the sporting event and the sporting venue.
Application Deadlines for Tailgate Events
An application for a Tailgate Event Permit must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event.
Notification to Municipal Authorities
Applicants for a Tailgate Event Permit must notify in writing the local municipal clerk’s department, police, fire and health departments informing them of the event, and include a sketch identifying the physical boundaries. If a tent, marquee, pavilion or tiered seating is used, you must also notify in writing the local building department.
The applicant’s timelines for notifying local authorities are:
- 30 days before the event takes place, if fewer than 5,000 people per day are expected to attend the event; or
- 60 days before the event takes place if 5,000 or more people per day are expected to attend the event.
You will be required to include copies of all municipal notification letters with your application.
For a list of Ontario municipalities, see Appendix A - Contact Information.