Banquet Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
Where the application is for a special permit to consume liquor at a banquet, at a specified date and place, a special permit to purchase liquor for consumption at such banquet, to such applicants as may be fixed by the board. Private invitation only events where alcohol is not being sold and the event is not for business promotion puposes. WAC 314-18 (entire chapter) RCW 66.20.010 (3)
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
What activities require this permit?
For events at a public place, but closed to the general public, where alcohol is given away free of charge.
How much will this permit cost?
$10.00 per day/event permit. Credit card payments online only. This is our only internet automated system.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Online Banquet Permit' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Is the decision on my permit dependent on anything besides the information in my application?
Possible follow up question from agency.
How long will it take to review my application?
0 - Days, 20 minutes to fill out online application and receive receipt and permit via email.
Where do I submit my application?
How long is my permit valid?
Permit is good for a one time event. If the event is more than one day, you must get a permit for each day.
What is the appeal process for the permit?
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1

(Summary results based on 34125 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: (360) 664-1600
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 664-1792
Subject matter expert email:
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
1025 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Telephone: (360) 664-1600
* Permit information last updated 9/24/2020