If there will be any alcohol consumption associated with your event, Arizona State Law requires the appropriate permit to do so. The following are options depending on the type of event you are hosting.
Series 15 Special Event Liquor License
This temporary, non-transferable, liquor license with retail privileges allows a political party or ballot measure committee, government entity, or non-profit entity to sell and serve spirituous liquor for consumption on the special event premises where the spirituous liquor is sold, and only for the period authorized on the license. Off-sale privileges apply only to special events holding auctions/wine or distilled spirit pull. Special Event Liquor License applications must be submitted to the Town at least 30 days prior to the event for review and approval. Once the application is approved by the Town, the application shall be submitted to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control at least 10 days prior to the date of the event.
The Town charges a $25 processing fee for each Special Event license. The Town accepts cash, credit card or check. Please submit in person or by mail to: Clerk’s Office, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona 85737.
Please note that the Department of Liquor requires a $25 fee per each day of the Special Event. Should you choose to have the town submit the approved Series 15 license application to the Department of Liquor after local approval, please include the appropriate fee amount, in the form of a check, with your application.
ARIZONA STATUTES AND REGULATIONS: A.R.S. §4-203.02, 4-244, 4-261; Rule R19-1-318.
Series 16 Festival/Fair License
A Fair/Festival license allows a licensed farm winery or craft distillery to serve products they produce at a festival, sanctioned county or state fair or within the premises of a licensed special event. Liquor produced under the provisions of the farm winery or craft distillery license may be served for consumption on the fair/festival premises or "to-go" in the original, sealed container. The application will require state approval.
Fairs/Festivals do not require approval from local governing bodies if fully within an already licensed premise pursuant to Title IV. Craft Distiller Festivals/Fairs does not require approval by the local governing body if within a premises that is already licensed pursuant to Title IV.
The Festival/Fair liquor license application shall be submitted to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control at least 10 days prior to the date of the event.
Please note that the Department of Liquor requires a $15 fee per each day of the Fair/Festival.
The fair license is subject to the permission of the fair organizers.
ARIZONA STATUTES AND REGULATIONS: A.R.S. §4-203.03, 4-203.02 and 4-205.11.
Temporary Extension of Premise, Existing Liquor Licenses Only
An establishment within the event footprint that is already licensed to sell alcohol, may apply to extend the premise of the licensed area temporarily. The serving area must be contiguous to the existing licensed area without separation to qualify for an extension of premise.