The alcohol catering permit allows an alcohol establishment holding a valid Idaho state alcohol retail license to serve and sell alcohol at a party, convention or other events at a location other than their licensed premises. The alcohol catering permit is limited to the authorization to sell liquor, beer or wine, or any combination thereof, based upon the type of Idaho alcohol license they possess. An alcohol catering permit is required when an organization, person or group intends to sponsor a party, convention or other events at a non-alcohol licensed premises, where the serving and selling of wine, beer or liquor by the drink will take place.
How to Apply
To apply for an Alcohol Catering Permit, complete and return the following documents:
- Alcohol Catering Permit Application (PDF)
- Site Plan noting where alcohol will be served and signage/security at exits
Please note: If you are the sponsor of the party or convention and will be handling the alcohol catering permit, you will need to print the application and take it directly to the licensed alcohol retailer to complete. They will need to provide their signature on the "responsible licensee name" line to verify their authorization for the permit.
Reminder: An application shall be submitted to the business licensing office at least 14 calendar days before the applicable party or at least 21 calendar days before the applicable festival or convention.
"Party" means a social gathering especially for pleasure or amusement and includes, but is not limited to, such social events as the following as defined by Idaho Statute Title 23 Alcoholic Beverages Chapter 9:
- Special holiday celebrations to include, but not be limited to:
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
- New Year’s celebrations
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Super Bowl Sunday
"Convention" means a formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession or industry. As defined by Idaho Statute Title 23 Alcoholic Beverages Chapter 9.
"Festival" means a period or program of festive activities, cultural events or entertainment lasting three or more consecutive days. As defined by Idaho Statute Title 23 Alcoholic Beverages Chapter 9.