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Special Event Licensing


Submitting Special Event License Applications

To avoid a delay in processing your special event license application and to increase the likelihood that the OLCC will be able to approve your application in time for your event, please submit your special event license application to the OLCC office serving the county in which your special event will happen. Find the OLCC office here: OLCC offices & the counties they serve. If you want to deliver your application in person, please email or call the appropriate OLCC office to arrange for submission of your application and payment of the license fee. 

Prior to submitting your application to the appropriate OLCC office, ensure the local government where the event will take place signs off on your application (the local government is either the local city if the event address is within the city's limits or the local county if the event address is outside the city's limits). The local government may charge you a fee.

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 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.​​

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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. 
 
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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 nake arrangments.

Special Event applications must:

  • Be legible, signed and dated. Note: If the application is not legible your event might not appear on this report. 
  • Include a diagram for outdoor areas when required (see specific application document directions for details). 
  • Include the Local governing body recommendation prior to turning in the application (for all but exempt events).
  • Payment, if applicable (exempt events do not require payment).

Fact Sheet: Recreational Marijuana - Consumption, Gifting, and Giveaways

Letter to Licensees

As 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.