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.
Yes, you can sell arm’s length tickets as long as each ticket costs no more than $2. If you sell an arm’s length of tickets for $10 and the buyer gets 20 tickets, that’s $0.50 per ticket, which is fine.
The social occasion permit application combines the liquor permit and raffle application – this for an event where liquor will be sold or served by the permit holder. The social occasion raffle application is only for a licence to have a raffle at an event and does not permit the individual to sell or serve liquor.
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.
Permit fees are as follows:
- no-sale permit: $25 fee
- sale permit: $50 fee
- organization function: $100 fee
- charitable fundraiser: $100 fee
As of April 1, 2014, fees for community events will be based on anticipated attendance at the event, as follows:
- up to 1,000 people: $250 fee
- more than 1,000 people and up to 2,000 people: $500 fee
- more than 2,000 people: $1,000 fee
You can have a social occasion permit event on any day of the year starting as early as 9:00 a.m., except for Remembrance Day. Other than veteran’s events, events held on Remembrance Day can’t begin until 1:00 p.m.
Liquor service hours are listed on your permit. No social occasion permit event can go past 2:00 a.m.
At the time your permit expires, liquor can be consumed, but not sold or served, for an additional 60 minutes. After 60 minutes has passed, all unconsumed liquor must be removed from the tables.
Some venues have time restrictions that require functions to end earlier, so be sure to double-check with your venue on closing times.
You can apply for a social occasion permit:
- online 24/7 at MyLGA.ca;
- at any Liquor Mart, liquor vendor or specialty wine store during their business hours; or,
- at the LGA Permit Department located at Unit 10 – 1146 Waverley Street, Winnipeg between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.