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Special Event Application Kit (Series 15)

Special Event applications must be received by the Department of Liquor 10 days prior to the event.

This temporary, non-transferable, liquor license with retail privileges that allows a political, government entity, or non-profit entity to sell and serve spirituous liquor for consumption on the premises where the spirituous liquor is sold, and only for the period authorized on the license. Off-sale privileges apply only to special events holding auctions/wine or distilled spirit pull.

The applicant for a special event license must fill out a special event application and file the application with the local governing body where the special event is to take place, for approval or disapproval. If held at a licensed premises, no local governing body approval is required.

If the application is approved by the local governing body, and the event meets the requirements for granting the license, the director may issue a special event license to the qualifying organization. Qualifying organizations will be granted a special event license for no more than ten (10) days in a calendar year. Events must be held on consecutive days and at the same location or additional licenses will be required. The license is automatically terminated upon closing of the last day of the event or the expiration of the license, whichever occurs first. The qualified organization must receive at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the gross revenues of the special events.

ADDITIONAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: A pregnancy warning sign for pregnant women consuming spirituous liquor must be posted within twenty (20) feet of the cash register or at point of display. Licensed establishments must be kept an Employee Log of all persons employed at the premises including each employee's name, date and place of birth, address and responsibilities. No member, officer, agent or employee of a club licensee may be paid or receive compensation from the profits of the distribution or sale of spirituous liquor over and above an already fixed salary as allocated from the general revenue of the licensee.

For an on-sale special event you have the following options to obtain alcohol:

  1. to purchase liquor from an Arizona licensed liquor retail store, or;
  2. to receive liquor donated by an Arizona licensed liquor wholesaler or retailer or;
  3. purchase or receive product from a Craft Distiller, Farm Winery or Microbrewery.

For an off-sale special event you have the following options to obtain alcohol:

  1. receive liquor from a donor who receives no remuneration other than tax benefits.
  2. purchase or receive liquor from a licensed wholesaler or Craft Distiller, Farm Winery or Microbrewery.
  3. purchase or receive liquor from any licensed retailer that has off-sale privileges.

Note: Alcohol received from a producer must comply with the three-tier system.

ARIZONA STATUTES AND REGULATIONS: A.R.S. §4-203.02, 4-244, 4-261; Rule R19-1-318.

Average Approval Time: One (1) to seven (7) days.
Period of Issuance: Issued for no more than a cumulative total of ten (10) days in a calendar year. A special event may be held for more than one (1) day, but it must be held on consecutive days and at the same location, or additional licenses will be required.
Application Fees:
Non-refundable application fee: $25.00 per day of event, maximum of 10 days per calendar year.
Fingerprint fee per card: Not applicable.
Interim Permit fee: Not applicable.