Alcohol restrictions at community events reduce alcohol availability or consumption and could include policies that control the availability and use of alcohol at public venues, such as concerts, street fairs, and sporting events.

Such restrictions can be implemented voluntarily by event organizers or through local legislation or implementing conditions on special event permits. These restrictions may reduce alcohol-related problems such as traffic crashes, vandalism, fighting, and other public disturbances.

Special Events Permits allow a retailer to host an event outside the boundaries of their liquor license (street dance, concert in the park, etc.). This strategy can limit the number of permits provided, can impose controls over the event, provide restrictions, or create family sections or sections without alcohol.

What is this strategy?

When should I consider implementing this strategy?

  • Youth are reporting purchasing alcohol at community events such as concerts, street fairs and dances, rodeos, etc.
  • Adults are binge drinking at these events which are leading to consequences such as fights, vandalism, drunk driving, etc. 
  • Lack of control over special events.
  • Several community events each year with alcohol being sold and consumed.

How do I implement this strategy?

Key activities for implementation:

  • Assess current community events to determine where enhancements can be made.
  • Review current ordinances and process for approving special events permits.
  • Draft sample policy and restrictions.
  • Work with event organizers and/or policymakers to gain support for changes.
  • Gain community support for changes.
  • Work with stakeholders or planners of the events to pass policies.

Restricting Alcohol Sales at Public Events and Festivals (FACE)

Sample Community Event Assessment Forms

Event Alcohol and Safety Checklist

Policy Options Checklist

Best Practices for Safety at Community Events

Why Alcohol Restrictions at Community Events are Important for your Community  

Have others implemented this strategy?

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Other Communities: