A Reminder from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Posted: August 19, 2013

New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) would like to remind nonprofit organizations that certain events require a social affairs permit.

An event sponsored by an organization operating for civic, religious, educational, charitable, fraternal, social or recreational purposes at which alcoholic beverages will be sold or served may be required to obtain a social affairs permit from the township clerk’s office.

If the organization profits from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages, then a social affairs permit is required. According to the ABC, an organization profits from the sale or service of alcohol either by directly charging for alcoholic beverages or through the sale of tickets for admission to an event that serves alcoholic beverages when said beverages are in some way included in the ticket price.

Further, a social affairs permit is required even if the event occurs on a licensed premises. If, however, the owner of a licensed premises is the only entity that profits from the sale or service of alcohol at an event sponsored by an organization described above (e.g., through a cash bar), then a social affairs permit is not required.

Need to apply for a permit? See the section titled “Application for Special Permit for Social Affair” at the bottom of the Liquor Licenses page.

Questions about social affairs permits should be directed to Charlotte Snyder of the licensing bureau at 609.984.1954 or the Vernon Township Clerk at 973.764.4055, ext. 2234.