A liquor license is needed at special events where:
- Alcohol will be sold.
- Alcohol is available (but not being sold), and you are charging or accepting donations of for admission, or where payment is required to attend the event.
A liquor license is not needed at special events where:
- You are making alcohol available, but there is no payment or purchase required, and no donations of money are accepted, for alcohol, or for entry/admission, or for any other product or service.
An example is a wedding reception where you make alcohol available, but you don’t require payment or purchase and don’t accept donations of money.