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A liquor license is needed at special events where:
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.
If you have an annual liquor license, please select your license type:
A Special Event License (Temporary Sales License) allows the sale of distilled sprits, malt beverages, wine, and cider for drinking within a licensed area. It also allows for the sale of manufacturer-sealed containers of malt beverages, wine, and cider, for drinking off-site of the licensed area. Forms
Nonprofit and Charitable Organization Exempt Event Request Form
Exempt Event Operational Plan
Special Events Guide for TSLs and Exempt Events
Fact Sheet: Factors Used to Assess Special Event License Applications
To avoid a delay in processing your Special Event License Application and increase the likelihood that the OLCC will be able to approve your application in time for your event, please submit the application to the OLCC office serving the county in which your special event will happen. If you will turn in your application in person, please email or call the appropriate OLCC office to make arrangments.
Special Event applications must:
Fact Sheet: Recreational Marijuana - Consumption, Gifting, and Giveaways Letter to LicenseesAs of July 1, 2015, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon. There are limits to the law; marijuana is not allowed to be consumed in a public place.
Measure 91 defines a public place as a general place where the public has access. This includes all special events with OLCC licenses.
Please be aware that as a licensee, you could be subject to administrative sanctions for allowing public consumption of marijuana at your licensed premises.
If you need further clarification of a public place, please call 503-872-6366.
Portland Metro Region Event Applicants ONLY - Click to Check Your Status
The calendar day that the OLCC received the application.
The name of the individual applying for the special event license.
The title of the event being applied for. Exempt events will not have specific titles and likely reflect “Exempt Event” in this field.
This field indicates if we’ve collected all monies owed on an application.
Local Governing Body (LGB) Recommendation
In the case that we receive a “deny” status, staff will reach out to you to discuss next steps.
The event dates related to each application is listed in this column.
Date Applicant Sent to Applicant
The date which an “approved” application is coordinated back to an applicant’s provided contact email address
Payments can be submitted by check, money order, or cash, at 9079 SE
McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Include a copy of your
application with your payment.
Missing application materials can be submitted electronically to
For questions, please contact the OLCC Office Locations of the city or county where your event will be located.
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