Serving Food & Alcohol
The regulations surrounding serving food in Town facilities vary depending on who will be attending your event. Choose the option below that best describes your event and follow the instructions accordingly.
My Rental/Event is Private, I will only be serving my guests...
Private events are not subject to Halton Health guidelines, however for the safety of your guests it is important to follow the food safety tips outlined by Halton Health. For information regarding safe food preparation, storage and transportation, please click here: Halton Health Food Safety Tips
My Rental/Event will be catered...
The caterer will need to obtain an Event Food Service License with the Town of Halton Hills in order to serve food at your event. Click here to download the Event Food Service License Application(.pdf).Local caterers may already be licensed with the Town of Halton Hills, however if your caterer is based out of another municipality, they will need to obtain a Town of Halton Hills Event Food Service License.
My Rental/Event is open to the public…
If you are selling, preparing and/or serving food at your event, the Town of Halton Hills requires you to obtain an Event Food Service License (even if food is not being sold or has been provided by licensed food vendor ie. Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Pizza Pizza). In order to obtain an event food service license, you will need to complete an application with the Town of Halton Hills as well as a second application with Halton Region. To learn more about food vendor requirements and to download applications, please click the appropriate link below:
For more information about serving food at your event please contact 905-873-2601 x 2350
To contact the Halton Regional Health Department, please contact Cristina Tassopoulos at
1-866-442-5866 x. 7421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are co-ordinating a public event, please visit Halton Hills Public Events for full details and to download the Halton Hills Public Event manual (.pdf).
In order to obtain a facility rental permit for an event where alcohol will be served, you must provide the following items:
1. Special Occasion Permit (SOP)
2. Smart Serve Servers
4. Agreement Forms
1. Special Occasion Permit (SOP)
A Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is the required documentation when holding an event where alcohol will be served or sold. Please read the guidelines and requirements that accompany your SOP to ensure that you are complying with the Liquor License Act. The fee for the SOP varies depending on whether alcohol will be served or sold. When applying for your Special Occasion Permit, please ensure that the name and contact information provided matches the name and contact information on your Town of Halton Hills facility request form/facility rental permit. On the day of your event, your Special Occasion Permit must be posted next to your serving station and made visible to all in attendance.
For more information regarding SOPs and to obtain a SOP application visit your local LCBO or download the SOP application form by visiting the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's website: www.AGCO.on.ca
2. Smart Serve Servers
Smart Serve Ontario is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and delivering a responsible service training program to all individuals who serve alcoholic beverages or work where alcoholic beverages are served in the Province of Ontario.
A certified Smart Serve server will have successfully completed Smart Serve training which practices responsible service of alcohol as specified in current Ontario liquor laws.
In order to receive your facility rental permit, you must complete the Municipal Alcohol Policy Server Information form which outlines who will be serving at your event and what time(s) each server will be on duty.
The Town of Halton Hills requires that all persons serving alcohol are to be Smart Serve certified, and that there must be a minimum of one Smart Serve server per 100 guests. Servers must have their smart serve certification card with them at the time of the event.
To learn more about Smart Serve, visit www.smartserve.org
All groups and individuals using Town and/or District School Board(s) facilities must provide proof of insurance in the amount of $5 million naming the Town (and the specific school board(s) where applicable) as additional insured.
You can choose to purchase insurance through the Town of Halton Hills or you can purchase insurance through a provider of your choice. If you choose to purchase insurance through an outside agency you must provide the permit coordinator with an insurance certificate prior to receiving your facility rental permit. Your insurance certificate must state, where applicable that the coverage included is for food handling/serving and the serving of alcohol.
4. Agreement Form
The Alcohol Risk Management Policy contains two forms which must be signed and returned to your permit coordinator prior to a facility rental permit being issued. Please complete Appendix A (page 12) the Activity Agreement Form and Appendix C (page 14) the Agreement for Special Permit Holders. These agreements state that you will comply with the Alcohol Risk Management Policy and you are aware of the consequences should you fail to do so. Click here to download the Alcohol Risk Management Policy (.pdf)
You will be provided 4 signs upon receipt of your facility rental permit. You must post these signs at your event to clearly indicate who is permitted to attend your event, the rights of your servers, the application of the Town of Halton Hills Alcohol policy, prices and limits of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and the local police telephone number (911). For full details, please see Appendix D of the Alcohol Risk Management Policy.
For more information about serving alcohol at your event please contact 905-873-2601 ext. 7722