Liquor licences for private special events

In Alberta, you need a special event licence (SEL) to sell or provide liquor at private events, which are open to invited guests or members only.

Types of private events

Depending on the type of private event, you will need a specific special event licence.

If liquor will be provided free to guests

If your event is open to invited guests or members only, and you will be providing liquor free:

For information on your responsibilities during your event, see the Special Event Liquor Licence Pamphlet.

If liquor will be sold to guests

If your event is open to invited guests or members only, and guests will be paying for either admission or liquor service:

  • You will need a private resale SEL licence.
  • The fee for this licence is $25.
  • If you are an individual, not-for-profit group or municipality, you can apply online using the AGLC Special Event Liquor Licence online application.
  • Companies must contact AGLC to apply for a licence: 1-800-272-8876, ext. 8846.

For information on your responsibilities during your event, see the Special Event Liquor Licence Pamphlet.

Private resale: annual

If your non-profit organization will be applying for a list of specific dates, such as for regular meetings: