Special Event Permit

Public Special Event:$100.00 licence fee per day/location.
Private Special Event: $25.00 licence fee per day/location (includes family special event permits.)

Wedding party toasting with glasses of champagne
Formerly Special Occasion Licences (SOL), Special Event Permits (SEP) are available to event hosts who wish to provide temporary or infrequent liquor service at events such as family gatherings, private functions, community festivals and manufacturer tastings.  A Special Event Permit allows the host to serve or sell liquor at an event in accordance with BC’s liquor laws and regulations. Event hosts are responsible for the safety of their guests.

The following prices are the maximum that can be charged for liquor at a special event.  Smaller serving sizes should be pro-rated using these prices.


Maximum Single Serving Size*

Public or Private Function (including PST)

Public or Private Function with PST and GST** (5%)

Packaged beer, cider or cooler

2 standard sized cans (355 ml) or bottles – up to 12 oz. (341 ml) each

Per can or bottle - $5.00

Per can or bottle - $5.25

Beer, cider or cooler

By the glass – up to 24 oz. (682 ml)

Per 12 oz. (341 ml) glass - $5.00

Per 12 oz. (341 ml) glass - $5.25


By the glass – up to 10 oz (284 ml)


By the bottle up to 750 ml (only if consumed by 2 or more people with food)

Per 5 oz. (142 ml) glass - $7.00***

Per 5 oz. (142 ml) glass - $7.35***


3 oz. (85 ml)

Per 1.5 oz. (43 ml) - $5.00

Per 1.5 oz. (43 ml) - $5.25

The above prices are maximums and may only be exceeded if the purpose of the event is to raise funds for charity. If the price list is exceeded, the permittee must donate the profit from the special event to a non-profit organization whose primary function is to carry out charitable purposes.

*Patrons may be served more than once, but the serving sizes are the maximum that can be served at a single time.

**Only organizations with a GST registration number may include the GST in the price.

***Family, private, and public events may apply for an exemption to charge more than $7.00 per serving of wine/champagne if it is for a cost recovery purpose.

To apply, please visit: https://specialevents.bcldb.com
Terms and Conditions for SEP's: Special Event Permit Terms and Conditions Handbook (PDF, 2.4 MB)

Contact the SEP Helpdesk at: 1 855 999-7656 or lclb.sep@gov.bc.ca

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