Special Occasion Licensing
Tennessee Statutes and TABC Rules
(g) It is lawful for a charitable, nonprofit or political organization possessing a special occasion license pursuant to § 57-4-102 to serve or sell wine and other alcoholic beverages as defined in § 57-4-102, and beer as defined in § 57-6-102, to be consumed on a designated premises within the boundaries of a political subdivision wherein the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail has been approved pursuant to § 57-3-106 or wherein the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption has been approved pursuant to § 57-4-103. A special occasion license may also be issued for an event within the unincorporated portion of a county if at least one (1) municipality in such county has approved the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail pursuant to § 57-3-106 or the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption pursuant to § 57-4-103.
(k) Purchases by Special Occasion Licensees. No charitable, nonprofit or political organization possessing a special occasion license shall purchase for sale or distribution under such license any alcoholic beverages from any source other than a licensee under § 57-3-204. This subsection (k) shall not apply to homemade wine made in the Swiss tradition by a member or members of a special occasion permit holder issued a license pursuant to § 57-4-102(32)(D). The member may supply the wine notwithstanding the limitations of § 57-3-207(e).
(e) No tax authorized or imposed by this section shall be levied or assessed from any charitable, nonprofit, or political organization selling alcoholic beverages at retail pursuant to a special occasion license.
(32) (A) "Special occasion license" means a license which the commission may issue to a bona fide charitable, nonprofit or political organization. Such license shall be issued for no longer than one (1) twenty-four-hour period, subject to the limitations of hours of sale which may be imposed by law or regulation, and such license may be issued in advance of its effective date;
(B) If a bona fide charitable or nonprofit organization owns and maintains a permanently staffed facility which:
(i) Is used for the periodic showing or exhibition of animals;
(ii) Has a seating capacity of not less than twenty-five thousand (25,000) persons; and
(iii) Has a separate permanently constructed clubhouse or meeting room located on the grounds,
then a special occasion license may be issued for use at the clubhouse or meeting room for the duration of the particular show or exhibit for which application is made, and such organization shall not be subject to the numeric limitation contained in the last sentence of this subdivision (32). This license shall only be available upon the payment of the fee as required by law for each separate day of the show;
(C) Such license shall not be issued unless and until there shall have been paid to the commission for each such license a license fee of one hundred dollars ($100), and there shall have been submitted an application which designates the premises upon which alcoholic beverages shall be served. No such charitable, nonprofit or political organization shall be eligible to receive more than twelve (12) special occasion licenses in any calendar year;
(D) A special occasion license under this section may also be issued to a nonprofit historical society for the purpose of serving complimentary samples of homemade wine manufactured in the Swiss tradition by a society member or members, the complimentary samples not to exceed one ounce (1 oz.) per wine type per person to be served at an annual festival conducted by a society celebrating the Swiss heritage at a farm museum in any county having a population of not less than fourteen thousand three hundred (14,300) nor more than fourteen thousand four hundred (14,400), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census;
(E) Any entity holding a special occasion license issued under this subdivision (32) or members of the licensee may transport wine and other alcoholic beverages to the location for which the special occasion license is issued;
(F) "Special occasion license" also means a license, issued by the commission, to a bona-fide charitable organization, recognized as exempt from taxation by the internal revenue service pursuant to § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, codified in 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), which organization has been in continuous operation as a tax-exempt entity for at least twenty (20) years, and which organization has an annual budget of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000). A special occasion license issued pursuant to this subdivision (32)(F) shall be authorized to sell wine in closed containers for consumption on or off the premises notwithstanding the restrictions of § 57-4-203. Any licensee holding a license issued pursuant to § 57-3-202, § 57-3-203, § 57-3-204, § 57-3-207, § 57-3-605 or § 57-4-101 may donate wine to an organization holding a special occasion license issued pursuant to this subdivision (32)(F) for an event conducted by the special occasion licensee. Any resident of Tennessee may donate wine, which brand of wine has been registered pursuant to § 57-3-301, to an organization holding a special occasion license issued pursuant to this subdivision (32)(F) for sale or consumption at an event conducted by the special occasion licensee;
(G) A special occasion license under this section may also be issued to a bona fide charitable organization that benefits charities which support women and children in Middle Tennessee and which:
(1) Holds the event in a county having a population of not less than one hundred twenty-six thousand six hundred (126,600) nor more than one hundred twenty-six thousand seven hundred (126,700), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census, on property used as a veterinary clinic located on a six and sixty-five one hundredths (6.65) acre lot that shares a common boundary between a municipality and the unincorporated area of such county;
(2) Jurisdictions within the boundaries of such county have by referendum adopted both the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail package stores and for consumption on the premises;
(3) Is a one-day annual event restricted to persons twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
(4) Holds a grape stomp contest with teams made up of four (4) stompers and one (1) swabbie, who collects the juice created by the stompers in a jar, with the team producing the most juice winning the contest;
(5) Includes numerous food vendors;
(6) Has wine and spirits tastings; and
(7) Where alcoholic beverages are served but not sold;
(H) A special occasion license under this section may also be issued to a nonprofit community association for the purpose of serving samples of wine to persons holding a presold ticket for an annual fundraiser, the samples not to exceed two ounces (2 oz.) per wine per person to be served at the annual fundraiser conducted by the community association in any county having a population of not less than one hundred twenty-six thousand six hundred (126,600) nor more than one hundred twenty-six thousand seven hundred (126,700), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census. The fundraiser shall be an insured event with at least ten (10) wineries or restaurants participating in the event and food shall be available to attendees;
TABC Rule 0100-01-.07 APPLICATIONS FOR SPECIAL OCCASION PERMITS.
(1) Special Occasion Permits are a one-day permit allowing the sale, service, and/or otherwise dispensing of alcoholic beverages at specifically designated areas by certain qualified entities and are subject to the laws governing the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Special Occasion Permits are required if an entity does not otherwise hold an on-premise consumption liquor license, and/or if the entity is selling, serving or otherwise dispensing alcoholic beverages to the general public. A special occasion permit is also required if the entity is selling alcoholic beverages to invited guests only.
(2) To obtain a special occasion permit, the following documents must be submitted to the Commission at least two calendar weeks prior to the date of the event:
(a) A completed and notarized application;
(b) Certification of recognition of 501(c) status from the IRS, and/or financial records for two years preceding the date of the application indicating that at least 60% of the gross revenues have been used exclusively for religious, educational or charitable purposes;
(c) If the applicant is a bona fide political organization, then the applicant will submit documentation that it is either a political campaign committee as defined at T.C.A. § 2-10-102(a) or that is a political party as defined at T.C.A. § 2-13-101;
(d) Proof that the Applicant is registered with the Secretary of State’s Office as a charitable, non-profit organization;
(e) Application fee;
(f) Letter of permission from the owner of the property where the event will be held granting permission to the applicant to sell or serve alcoholic beverages on its premises; and
(g) Any other documentation that the Commission may request.
(3) All proceeds generated from the sale of alcoholic beverages pursuant to the special occasion permit must be deposited into the special occasion permittee’s monetary account(s).
(4) Special occasion permittees shall be responsible for complying with state statutes, rules and regulations related to the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, the sale of alcoholic beverages to visibly intoxicated persons, and/or the sale of alcoholic beverages by the bottle.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 57-1-209, 57-4-102 and 57-4-201. Administrative History: Original rule filed March 10, 2010; effective June 8, 2010.