When is a daily license required from Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC)?

A nonprofit organization selling donated or purchased alcohol at a special event is required to obtain a Daily License from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Click (here) for ABC. https://www.abc.ca.gov/licensing/license-forms/form-abc-221-instructions/  The alcohol may be sold by the glass or included in a door charge or other donation; it cannot be given away free.

A winery or brewery may assist in pouring alcohol outside of their premises only if a nonprofit organization sponsors the event and obtains a Daily License.

A private person hosting a special event does not need to obtain a Daily License, as long as the event is not open to the public, the alcohol and the event admission are free, and the premises is not a restaurant, bar, winery or brewery (23399.1 B&P Code).

Sponsoring organizations are responsible for the conduct of the special event. Contact the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (707)576-2165 for further information.


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