- Beer and Wine
- Sports Season
A special permit lets a nonprofit organization sell beer or wine during an event when they normally wouldn’t be licensed to sell alcohol.
Qualifying special events include:
- Rodeos and fairs
- Fundraisers for a needy person
- Community events hosted by a nonprofit organization
- Beer and Wine
- All-Beverages (Fraternal Organizations Only)
- Beer and Wine Sports Season
Nonprofit organizations are limited to a certain number of permits per year based on what type of organization it is:
|Type of Organization||Permits per Year|
|501(c)(3) Intercollegiate Athletic Fund-Raising Organization||12|
|501(c)(4) Civic League or Organization||12|
|501(c)(6) Chamber of Commerce or Business League||12|
|Accredited Montana Post Secondary School||3|
|Charity Organizations to Raise Funds for the Needy||3|
|Licensed Veterans or Fraternal Organization||3|
|Unlicensed Veterans or Fraternal Organization||12|
|Licensed Montana Winery||12|
|Professional Sports Organization||1|
|Junior Hockey Team||1|
|A sports team permit applies to an entire season.|
See 16-4-301, MCA for more details.
A special permit is issued for a specific area at your event. This is the only area at your event where alcohol can be sold or consumed.
The area must be described in the application and may include bleachers or grandstands.
You may apply for a special permit using our TransAction Portal (TAP), or use the Special Permit Application to Sell Beer and Table Wine (Form SPECPERM).
If you are applying for an unlicensed veterans’ or fraternal organization, you may use the Montana Application for Special Permit (Unlicensed Veterans’/Fraternal Organization) (Form SPVetFr).
A licensed domestic winery may use the Montana Application for Special Permit to Sell Table Wine (Licensed Domestic Winery Only) (Form WinSpec).
Your local law enforcement agency will need to grant permission for your event by signing your application before you submit it to the department.