Liquor Special Event Permit

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 SEP 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.

Last updated: June 3, 2020

On this page:

COVID-19 Information for Special Event Permit Holders 

New Special Event Permit Applications

As of July 1, 2020 the LCRB will be accepting new applications for SEPs of any size.

Please note: The PHO has issued orders that may affect the size of your event or gathering.

Even if an SEP for over 50 people is approved by the LCRB, permit holders must abide by any PHO orders that limit the size of mass gatherings and events.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the cancellation of your event, please call the LCRB at 1-866-209-2111 (press option 1 for liquor, followed by option 2).

Please be prepared to provide:

  • Your special event permit number
  • The date of your event

Apply for a Special Event Permit

If you are looking to have liquor service at your wedding, festival or event, you may require a SEP.

If you need assistance with an online application, please call:

Licence Fees

  • 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

Special Event Maximum Drink Pricing

The following prices are the maximum that can be charged for liquor at a special event. Smaller serving sizes should be prorated 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

Special Event Permits are not intended to be used for the purpose of making a profit. Permittees who charge above the maximum price list must donate the profits from the event to a non-profit organization with a charitable purpose, unless otherwise exempted by the general manager.

*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.