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Municipal Alcohol Policy
Hosting an event with safety in mind will assist you in protecting yourself from liability and your guests from harm. See the Municipal Alcohol Policy (pdf) for complete details.
A well-planned event will be more enjoyable for everyone.
- Start to plan at least 6 months before your event takes place
- Check with City Staff to find out what applications must be completed
- Apply for your Special Occasion Permit (SOP) www.agco.on.ca
- Meet with the Supervisor of the event location to develop your operations plan
- Understand your role and responsibilities as the event organizer
Preparing ahead of time will help to ensure a safer atmosphere for everyone.
- Arrange for special event liability insurance ($5 million) that names the City of Hamilton as additional insured
- Develop a safe transportation strategy to get your guests home safely
- Use event workers with Smart Serve training
- Recruit enough event workers to meet the worker-to-guest ratio
- Organize training for your event workers. Outline their roles at the event to ensure the MAP is followed.
- Arrange for food to be served at your event
- Have paper or plastic cups for serving drinks
- Plan to offer a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks
- Buy alcohol approved under your Special Occasion Permit (SOP) from the LCBO or Beer Store, or hire a caterer with a catering endorsement
- Have copies of your SOP, event worker Smart Serve cards, rental permit and insurance certificate at the event
The Event Organizer is responsible for following the law and conditions of the Municipal Alcohol Policy. These steps can help protect you and your guests.
- Make sure event workers are visible. They should wear identifiable clothing or identification.
- Post necessary signage at your event
- Do not permit entry or service to people who appear to be intoxicated
- Check identification and accept only government-issued photo identification
- Serve only standard drinks. These are:
- 12 oz (341 mL) bottle of 5% beer
- 5 oz (142 mL) glass of 12% wine
- 1 1/2 oz (43 mL) shot of 40% spirits
- You and your event workers must not consume alcohol during the event
- Follow the rules outlined on page 15 of the Municipal Alcohol Policy (pdf), including: no "last call" and serving a maximun of two drinks at a time
- Offer a selection of food at the event such as sandwiches or a light meal
Downloads & Application Forms:
City of Hamilton MAP information
Special Occasion Permit (SOP) & Temporary Liquor License application information
- Online: Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario www.agco.on.ca
- Notifying the City of Hamilton of your application:
Social Host Responsibilities & Liability
Smart Serve Training