The AGCO administers the Special Occasion Permit (SOP) program, which allows for the sale and service of alcohol on special occasions, such as cash bars at weddings or private receptions, as well as larger scale events that are open to the public, such as charity fundraisers.
There are three types of special occasions for which a permit may be issued:
- Private Event: For events where only invited guests will attend. These events cannot be advertised and there can be no intent to gain or profit from the sale of alcohol at the event.
- Public Events: For events that are open to the public. Public events can be advertised and allow for fundraising/profit from the sale of alcohol.
- Industry Promotional Events: For events held to promote a manufacturer’s product through sampling. There can be no intent to gain or profit from the sale of alcohol at the event.
For information on each type of Special Occasion Permit, please visit the appropriate Special Occasion Permit portals.