What are the guidelines and procedures to serve alcohol at my event?

Private Property

Applicant must:

  1. Obtain an Outdoor Special Event Permit
  2. Obtain an ABC Permit
  3. Submit a site plan for review
  4. Submit a security plan for review
  5. Submit a letter of permission to hold the event from the property owner/manager

Public Property

Alcohol consumption is generally not permitted on any property owned by the City of Chesapeake.

Alcohol is not permitted at any City of Chesapeake park or recreational facility other than those listed in City of Chesapeake Code 50-20. Alcohol consumption at portions of Chesapeake City Park, Battlefield Park, Elizabeth River Park, Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake Arboretum, Judge Eileen A. Olds Courtyard Park and The Portlock at South Norfolk may be approved for some festivals, large special events, and large corporate events as permitted by the City and pursuant to regulations established in the Alcohol Request Guidelines and Procedures (PDF).

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1. Do I need an Outdoor Special Event Permit?
2. When is a permit not required?
3. How do I obtain an Outdoor Special Event Permit?
4. What is the administrative fee for an Outdoor Special Event Permit?
5. When do I need to submit my Outdoor Special Event Application?
6. How long does it take to obtain an Outdoor Special Event Permit?
7. Where can I find a list of Special Events occurring in Chesapeake?
8. Does the City provide barricades for road closures?
9. What are the guidelines and procedures to serve alcohol at my event?