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Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service Training Program.

Special Occasion Permits

Is Smart Serve mandatory under a Special Occasion Permit?

Under a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) Smart Serve certification may and may not be mandatory, depending on the location of the event. If the event is held on a licensed premise then all servers are required to have their Smart Serve certification as per current Ontario liquor law regulations. If the event is held on municipal property, the municipality has the authority to enforce the certification through their Municipal Alcohol Policy guidelines.

Who is responsible for the safety of guests under a SOP?

The permit holder, event organizer and the venue are equally liable for the safety of all guests.

Does the SOP have to be in the name of the person renting the venue?

Special Occasion Permits are issued by the AGCO. Please follow this link for further information.

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