STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
A Guide to Responsible Business
Practices for Fairs & Special Events
Each year the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issues nearly 40,000
temporary "special event" permits to non-profit organizations. The success of these
events is vital to the organizations that sponsor them and to the community. The
events provide entertainment and benefit many worthy causes.
However, the uncontrolled sale and service of alcoholic beverages at these events can
create serious problems. These problems include intoxication, fights, vandalism, and
drinking by persons under age 21. These problems affect the organization, the
alcohol seller/server and the general public. For example, if alcohol is served to a
person under age 21, the server can face arrest, fines or community service work. In
cases where the minor injures himself or someone else, the server could face a jail
term; and both the server and the organization could be sued. A national survey of
adults showed over 80% of respondents were in favor of alcohol restrictions at
concerts and stadiums.
These model policies are designed to help you prevent alcohol-related problems
before they occur.
If you have any questions about the information in this pamphlet, call your local ABC
District Office or the LEAD Program at 916-419-2527.
These model policies were developed in 1992 in cooperation with the California
Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Fairs and Expositions, HOME
TEAM, a project of the Public Health Foundation of Los Angeles County, Inc.,
and members of the California fair industry's Alcohol Advisory Committee.
Sample Alcohol Management Policies
for Fairs and Special Events
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