Coordinating an event for your organization can be a fun way to get people together who support what you do. You can create a unique opportunity for people to learn more about each other and your organization.

Occasionally, you may want to coordinate an event that includes serving alcoholic beverages. Depending on your organization and the type of event, the local municipality in which your business sits may grant a temporary license that will permit you to sell drinks to your guests.

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about getting a temporary liquor license in Minnesota.

Can my organization get one?

Not every group qualifies for a temporary liquor license in Minnesota. To apply for a temporary license, your organization must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Charity, club, religious or other nonprofits that have been in existence for three years or more
  • Political organization registered under 10A.14
  • State university

In some circumstances, small-production breweries, microdistilleries, and farm wineries can also qualify for a temporary liquor license. In addition, the group applying for the temporary license must generally utilize a holder of a liquor license for service and insurance purposes.

How long does the permit last?

A temporary permit can last from one to no more than four days. There are additional restrictions on the number of temporary licenses that may be issued both monthly and annually.

What kinds of beverages can we sell?

A temporary license covers a wide range of on-sale alcoholic beverages for your guests to consume at your event. When you apply for your temporary license, be sure you understand what drinks are included since the laws can vary between municipalities.

How long does the process take?

It will be up to your local municipality to approve your temporary license, so the length of time may depend on how busy your local office is.

Make sure there is plenty of time before your event when you apply for your temporary license in case there is an issue with your application. There may also be additional training for you and your employees to complete before the event.