You will pick up your social occasion permit at a Liquor Mart, liquor vendor or specialty wine store. You will be asked on your social occasion permit application to specify which location you will be picking up our social occasion permit. Your chosen location will receive your social occasion permit once we approve it.
You can have a raffle at social occasion permit events such as socials and bud, spud and steak fundraisers, as long as you have a licence from us for the raffle. For more information on raffles, please click here.
If you’re bringing liquor into a venue, you need a social occasion permit. If the venue is providing the liquor, your event will fall under the venue’s liquor licence and you will not require a social occasion permit. You should discuss liquor requirements with your venue before filling out a social occasion permit application.
If you’re having your event on your private residential property, you don’t need a permit as long as you’re not selling liquor.
If you’re at least 18 years old, you can apply for a social occasion permit for yourself or on behalf of an organization.
Submitting an application doesn’t mean your application will be approved. We will review your application to make sure you’re eligible.
If you need help determining what type of social occasion permit you need for your event, contact us at 204‑474‑5666, toll-free at 1-888-898-6522 or permit@LGAmanitoba.ca.
You can hold your event at a banquet hall or public room. Click here for a list of approved venues in Manitoba. If you have a location in mind that isn’t on this list, please enter the location details on your social occasion permit application and we’ll review your request.
If you aren’t serving or selling liquor at your event, or if the location you are holding it already has a liquor licence, and you want to have a raffle, you will apply using the social occasion raffle application.
You can apply for a social occasion permit for special projects to raise money for educational, charitable, religious or community activities. Examples may include:
- a social to raise funds to send a child or adult for specialized medical treatment outside of the Manitoba; or,
- a social to raise funds to assist a family whose home has burned down and the loss isn’t covered by insurance.
Only an organization, community event or fundraiser can be advertised. You can’t publically advertise a personal social occasion permit event. However you can still invite friends over Facebook or email, as long as the event isn’t advertised to the general public.
Your ad should contain a social responsibility message and comply with the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards. Click here for more information on liquor advertising.