Class 8 - Trade Show permits

What is the purpose of this permit?
Where the application is for a special permit by a vendor that manufactures or sells a product which cannot be effectively presented to potential buyers without serving it with liquor or by a manufacturer, importer, or distributor, or representative thereof, to serve liquor without charge to delegates and guests at a convention of a trade association composed of licensees of the board, when the said liquor is served in a hospitality room or from a booth in a board-approved suppliers' display room at the convention, and when the liquor so served is for consumption in the said hospitality room or display room during the convention, anything in this title to the contrary notwithstanding. Any such spirituous liquor must be purchased from a spirits retailer or distributor, and any such liquor is subject to the taxes imposed by RCW 66.24.290 and 66.24.210; RCW 66.20.010 (8)
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
What activities require this permit?
A manufacturer donating liquor for a trade show made up of licensees of the board for the purpose of potential buyers.
How much will this permit cost?
$25.00 permit per event. No automatic renewal. Needs new application for each trade show.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Application for Class 8 or 9 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 questions from the agency
How long will it take to review my application?
Seven to fourteen days. Can be issued instantly if customer comes into HQ.
Where do I submit my application?

Submit application to address on the top of the application.

    Licensing & Regulation Division
    PO BOX 43085
    Olympia, WA 98504-3085

How long is my permit valid?
Good for the event date(s) only
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: 9.6
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 80

(Summary results based on 137 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: (360) 664-1600
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 664-1667
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 6/20/2023