Special "One-Day" Licenses (Per Diem)
A license is required whenever alcohol is being sold. This could be at a cash bar, included in a price of a ticket or entry fee (set fee or donation), or for purchase of a ticket or token to exchange for an alcoholic beverage.
For frequently asked questions, please see below.
There will need to be 100% of the staff/volunteers who are selling or in the service of alcohol be Alcohol Awareness certified.
Example – If you have 15 volunteers working an event, 1 checking tickets at the door, 5 cooking, 5 serving food, 2 working at the ‘bar’ area, 2 selling raffle chances, ONLY the 2 selling drinks at the bar area will need to be certified.
We understand this may be difficult to achieve in a limited time. Please contact the office if you have concerns that you will not be able to meet the 100% requirement.
If you or your employees need training, classes are held regularly:
- At our Tilco office. Register online for a class. The fee for the class is $40.
- Offsite Trainings are also available. THESE ARE NOT ALWAYS PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE. If you need a CUSTOM class to accommodate at least 10 people, please reach out by email LiquorBoard@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call 301-600-2984 during business hours (7:30am-3:30pm)
**PLEASE NOTE**ONLINE Alcohol Awareness training classes are NOT recognized in the State of Maryland IF THE EXAM IS NOT PROCTORED IN PERSON with a certified trainer**
Non-Profit Per-Diem License 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 License Fee
$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
Administrative Fees will apply once per complete application and apply to BOTH Non-Profit Per-Diem Licenses and Promoters Licenses, and are as follows:
a. $25 - fewer than 500 attendees
b. $75 - 500 to 1,000 attendees
c. $150 - 1,001 to 3,000 attendees
d. $500 - 3,001 or more attendees
The Board reserves the right to assess additional administrative fees for events expecting 5,000 or more attendees.
*Please note that Organizations that request several events per year will be assessed one (1) Administrative Fee if all events are requested in the “Multi-Event” section of a single application. Any changes or additions to the original application may be assessed additional Administrative Fees.
Applications shall be submitted a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the event. An application filed within thirteen (13) to six (6) days of the event will be processed at the discretion of the Board Director subject to staffing availability and will be subject to a late fee of $50. Applications submitted within five (5) days of the event will be processed at the discretion of the Board Director subject to staffing availability and will be subject to a late fee of $100.
Our team is available to discuss the options, the challenges, or whatever concerns that will create an impact to the event with this change. If you have any questions about the changes specified above or feel that you cannot meet these requirements, please contact Liquor Board staff.
The Board of Licensed Commissioners voted to adopt Violation Guidelines for Special Event Licenses. Special Event License-Violation Guidelines.
Applications REQUIRE original signatures but may be submitted electronically. No e-signatures will be accepted.
Special Event and Anniversary Bottles are permitted; however, you must contact staff for further details.