A Special Occasion Permit (SOP) - issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) - is needed any time alcohol is offered for sale or served anywhere other than in a licensed establishment or a private place. When alcohol is part of an event, public or private, on municipal property, the Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP) – a proactive policy to promote a safe, responsible, and enjoyable environment for all users – must be adhered to.

  • Obtain an SOP (permitting both the sale and consumption of alcohol at your event) application from the LCBO retail outlet or at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) website http://www.agco.on.ca/en/services/index.aspx. The SOP can be applied for online, LBCO locations will no longer be accepting applications.

  • Refer to the MAP for a complete listing of required Municipal controls and regulation

  • Check the box Alcohol on The Application and Hold Harmless form

  • Complete & submit Appendix C - MAP (page 12 of the MAP)

  • The SOP holder is different from the Event Organizer, a separate Certificate of Insurance is required from the permit holder

  • If the SOP holder is different from the Event Organizer, the SOP holder must also sign the Hold Harmless on page 2 of The Application & Hold Harmless 

    You must complete & submit The Application to the Municipality before you apply for an SOP from the LCBO:  AGCO may require a letter from the Municipality indicating they have been advised of the event. 

If you expect less than 5000 attendees at your event, the Municipality requires your completed paperwork 8 - 10 weeks in advance of your event. You must apply for your SOP no less than 30 days prior to the event.

If you expect 5000 attendees or more at your event, the Municipality requires your completed application 12 weeks in advance of your event. You must apply for your SOP no less than 60 days prior to the event.


According to provincial law, individuals cannot fundraise by selling liquor.

  • An SOP holder that is not a registered charity or non-profit organization or association may hold a public event if the event is:
    An event of provincial, national or international significance;

  • or An event of municipal significance and is designated by municipal council as an event of municipal significance.

*Given sufficient notice, the Special Event Co-ordinator will assist you in working with our Municipal Council. 


Alcohol - Security Requirements

Chatham-Kent Police Services will work with Event Organizers to ensure appropriate police resources are dedicated to the event, ensuring the safety of all citizens attending events within the Municipality. They may determine that Paid Duty Officers are required, if this is the case the contract is downloadable on this page.

Public Open Events Security Requirements

 Minimum number of attendees

 Security Personnel

Police Officers 

 

 1 - 375

 2 * 

 2 *

In consultation with Municipal staff the permit holder may have police or security firm to be hired. 

 376 - 999

3 *

 2 *

 Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Chatham-Kent Police Service determines whether police and / or security firm will be hired.

 1000 and above

Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Chatham-Kent Police Service determines whether police and / or security firm will be hired.  Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to review.

  • The Municipality of Chatham-Kent and AGCO will increase or decrease security/police requirements based on event history.

  • Minimum security/police personnel required at fundraisers will be dealt with on a per request basis. 

  • Minimum security/police personnel required at events with tiered seating will be dealt with on a per request basis. An onsite meeting will take place with the appropriate departments.

Closed (Private) Events Security Requirements

 Minimum number of attendees

 Security Personnel

 Police Officers 

  1 - 375

 0

 0

 376 - 999

 To be determined by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Chatham-Kent Police Service.  

 1000 and above

 Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Chatham-Kent Police Service determines whether police and / or security firm will be hired. AGCO to review.  

If you are expecting more than 500 participants or more, you must contact the Special Event Co-ordinator to arrange a meeting with Police, Fire Service and AGCO representatives to determine Security Requirements.