The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) issues three licenses and permits for one-time-only events:
Special Occasion License: Allows a bona fide nonprofit organization to sell liquor at a specified date, time and place. Special Occasion License applications are available online. Examples include a fundraising dinner, gala event, auction, or wine tasting.
Banquet Permit: Allows the service and consumption of liquor at a private, invitation-only banquet or gathering held in a public place or business. Banquet Permits are available online. Examples include weddings, company banquets, retirement parties, or club, organization or church events.
- Raffle Permit: Allows a bona fide nonprofit organization to raffle liquor to its members at a specified date and place. Applications are available online or by calling (360) 664-1600.
The WSLCB also certifies farmers markets who wish to allow Washington wineries and breweries to sell product for off-premises consumption, and endorses qualified in-state wineries and breweries who wish to sell product at a farmers market.
- Farmers market certification: Allows a qualified farmers market to have Washington wineries and breweries sell products for off-premises consumption.Applications are available online:
- Farmers market endorsement: Allows a qualified in-state winery or brewery to sell wine or beer at a certified farmers market. Applications are available online:
Local Wine Association License
A retail license for nonprofit societies or organizations formed for the purpose of encouraging consumer education of and promoting the economic development for a designated area of the Washington state wine industry. Applications are available online.
- Licensees may purchase or receive donations of wine from licensed domestic wineries and certificate of approval holders to use for promotional or marketing purposes.
Events and marketing programs run by the licensee may be held on the premise of a domestic winery or domestic winery additional location.
- The wine industry association licensee and domestic winery licensee must separately account for their own sales.
- Domestic winery licensees are exempt from RCW 66.28.305 when making retail sales at these events, allowing them make or receive money advances.
- The LCB must be notified at least 45 days prior to an event or marketing program.
- Licensees may host up to 12 events annually.
Licensees may also apply for special occasions licenses.
Special Business Permits
There are several permits available for businesses that don't fit into a traditional liquor license category.
Following State Liquor Laws
Special license or permit holders must follow state liquor and tobacco laws and regulations during their event. A WSLCB enforcement officer may visit a licensed event to check compliance with state liquor and tobacco laws and regulations. The license or permit must be prominently displayed at the event.
No sales or service of alcohol to persons under 21 years of age and intoxicated persons
Intoxicated persons and those under 21 may not drink or possess alcohol
No disorderly conduct at the event
No sales, service or consumption between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.