The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) requires some groups obtain a Special Events Permit (SOP) to sell and serve alcohol on special occasions and events that are open to the public. According to the AGCO public events may be held for events of significance and/or to raise funds for charitable purposes. In order for events to be deemed significant, an event must have a letter from the municipality designating it a Significant Event.
What is a Municipally Significant Event
Public events must meet the following criteria, to be considered by the Municipality of Thames Centre for designation as a municipally significant event:
- Fall within the definition of a municipally significant event as defined in the Designation of Municipally Significant Events Policy (Policy # CP-A-3.5)
- Serve the public interest by upholding the by-laws and policies of The Municipality of Thames Centre, and any other applicable legislation; and
- Will host no less than 100 members of the general public.
To apply for a "Municipally Significant Event" Designation
- Download, review and complete the Municipally Significant Event Designation Form
- Ensure you submit the required proof of at least 5 million ($5,000,000) dollars liability insurance, naming the Municipality of Thames Centre as an additional insured party
- Pay the fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100) - payments can be made by cash, debit or cheque
- Submit all required documents and fees no later than 10 business days prior to the event