Special Event Non-Profit

Please request a Special Event Permit 10 days before the start date of the event.

After that, the Department cannot guarantee that the license will be issued in time for the event.  Permits issued to a bona fide nonprofit civic organization allow the organization to:

  • Sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
  • Sell wine at retail for off-premises consumption
  • Sell both for a period not to exceed three days
  • Have no more than 6 permits issued in any one calendar year for $25, events thereafter requires fees the same as for Special Event for Profit
  • Use the permits for the specified location, whereas, it must be lawful to sale alcohol

Before You Begin

All required documentation must be scanned and saved as individual PDF files. You will upload them to the Georgia Tax Center during the application process.

Required Documents

  1. Scanned copy of a Non-Profit Status letter from the IRS. (i.e., 501(C)(3) Letter issued by the IRS or by-laws & corporate charter from the Secretary of State's Office)
  2. Scanned copy of a Local License or Letter of Approval from the Local Authorities
  3. Power of Attorney (if applicable)
  4. Citizenship Affidavit along with secure and verifiable documents, i.e. government issued photo ID. (requires notarization)
  5. Donated Wine Auction Inventory List (if applicable)

How to Apply

  • Login to GTC with Username/ Password
  • Click on Register New Tax Account

Step 1: Account type

  • Account Type- Select Alcohol (Sales/ Use Tax not required)
  • Account Start Date– Enter beginning date of the event

Step 2: Location Address

  • Is this a new location?- Select "No" if business location is the same as a previous event.  Select "Yes" if it is a new address (make sure to enter address as displayed on the local license)

Step 3: Account Attributes

  • License type – Select the license type (Special Event Non-Profit)
  • Licensee change -  Leave blank
  • Pick up/ Mail License - Select option. (Pick up is at the Century Center location)
  • Local License Type – Enter City or County
  • Local License Type Location - Name of City or County where license was issued
  • Event Information- Event start and end date
  • Alcohol Sales - Select Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits or any combination
  • Bond- Not required

Step 4: Officers & Responsible Parties

  • Officers and Responsible Parties- New officers must enter information for each person with interest in the business. Information from previous registration will auto populate.

Choose the officer name providing the citizenship affidavit form. Check the box for "Responsible for providing required Documentation"

Step 5: Provide Licensee

  • Is this a new licensee? Select "No" if a licensee exists; otherwise, select "Yes"
  • Licensee Information- Select Individual or Business
  • Licensee Affidavit- Select Residency Status, Date of Birth, Are you 21 or older?

Step 6: Payment Information

  • Select ACH Debit or Credit Card
    • ACH Debit - Electronic Check drafted directly from bank account.
    • Credit Card - (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) Payment Option will be available on the confirmation page, after submitting the application.

Step 7: Required Attachments

  • View the required attachments, the unchecked boxes are the required documents. Click OK
  • Attach the previously scanned & saved PDF documents
  • Click Save, then Submit.  You will receive a confirmation number.


Special Event Non-Profit Fees

Bona fide nonprofit civic organizations are entities that are exempt from federal income tax. (Pursuant to the provisions of subsection (c), (d) or (e) of 26 U.S.C. Section 501.)