Special "One-Day" Licenses (Per Diem)

Special (One-Day) Licenses for Non-Profit Organizations & Frederick County For-Profit Business
Special Licenses are issued to Non-Profit Organizations, Clubs and Frederick County For-Profit business for specific occasions or events, not to exceed a consecutive seven day duration. All Special Licenses are Class C, On Sale ONLY, for consumption on the premises only. To begin the process download and save the application below. When complete, print the application, obtain signatures and submit it to the Liquor Board office at least two weeks prior to the event to avoid late fees. Forms can be submitted in person or by email to LiquorBoard@FrederickCountyMD.gov.  

A license IS required when alcoholic beverages are sold, This includes, but is not limited to, 

  • A cash bar.
  • Included in the price of a ticket or entry fee (set fee or donation)
  • For purchase of a ticket or token to exchange for an alcoholic beverage
  • An event where everything is free, but a donation of any amount is required.

A license is NOT required for,

  • An event that is BYOB
  • Wedding reception or an open house, or some type of event where the host is providing all the alcoholic beverages, and no fee of any type is charged to attend.

If the details of your event are not exactly as presented in this information, please click here to send an email with the event information so that we may be able to advise you if a license is required.

Frederick County Liquor Board offers three different types of licenses for both Non-Profits and Promoter's Licenses.  The types and prices are listed below:

Non-Profit Fees 
Beer Only $10 per day
Beer & Wine (Wine is up to 22% alcoholic content) $10 per day
Beer, Wine & Liquor $30 per day

Promoter's Licenses
$50/day for events expecting fewer than 500 individuals
$250/day for events expecting 501-1,000 individuals
$600/day for events expecting 1,000-3,000 individuals
$1,000/day for events expecting more than 3,000 individuals

Additional Administrative Fees (effective for BOTH Non-Profits and Promoter's Special Licenses 01//01/2023)
$25 for events expecting fewer than 500 individuals
$75 for events expecting 501-1,000 individuals
$150 for events expecting 1,001-3,000 individuals
$500 for events expecting 3001 or more individuals
Fees will be assessed once per application

Late Fees
Any application submitted without 2 weeks' notice are subject to a $50 late fee.

ALCOHOL AWARENESS FOR BOTH NON-PROFITS AND PROMOTER'S SPECIAL LICENSES (effective 01/01/2023)
Each Licensed event shall have ALL employees/volunteers serving or selling alcohol complete an Alcohol Awareness training program. The certified person(s) must be on the premises at all times the event is serving or selling alcoholic beverages.  An up-to-date valid certificate shall be kept on site and presented to the proper authority upon request.

*Please contact staff for a promoter's application*
**Special Event and Anniversary Bottles are permitted, however you must contact staff for further details.