Special Dispenser Permits:
THIS DIVISION NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH FOR ANY TYPE OF PAYMENT
Q: What is a Special Dispenser’s Permit?
- This permit is sometimes referred to as a "picnic license" and is issued for special events, such as weddings, receptions, gallery openings and private parties held off of a liquor licensed premises.
- This permit creates a temporary licensed premise from which the licensee may sell or serve alcoholic beverages by the drink for a special event for a limited number of hours.
Q: Who can obtain a Special Dispenser’s Permit?
- This permit can be obtained ONLY by those who own or lease a Dispenser liquor license located in the local option district (city or county) where the event is to be held.
- Holders of restaurant licenses (beer and wine), non-profit club licenses (FOP, VFW), retail store licenses and governmental licenses are not eligible for this permit.
- The application must be received by the Division at least 10 days prior to the event.
Q: Who can serve alcoholic beverages at these special events?
- Only the liquor license holder and his or her employees, who have valid server permits, may serve alcoholic beverages under the Special Dispenser Permit.
- They are subject to administrative and criminal penalties for serving intoxicated individuals and minors, respectively.
Q: What is a Public Celebration Permit?
- This permit is similar to a Special Dispenser Permit and carries the same restrictions and responsibilities, but is ONLY issued to wine growers, small brewer or craft distiller license holders.
- This permit can ONLY be used at public celebrations, such as state or county fairs, community fiestas, cultural or artistic events, sporting competitions of a seasonal nature or activities held on an intermittent basis (Bernalillo and Santa Fe wine festivals).
- This permit is not issued for catered or private events such as wedding receptions or graduation parties.