- Avoiding Violations
- Know the Law
- Checking ID
- Risk Management
- Policies and Procedures
- Preventing Intoxication
- Special Occasion Permits
Know the Law
Checking Identification (I.D.)
Policies and Procedures
As a host, keeping your guests from drinking excessively should be your primary concern.
Here are some tips you can put into practice to make your next event a safe one.
- Make sure you understand the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) and Regulations.
- Create and enforce house policies that promote responsible service and moderate alcohol consumption.
- Post your Liquor Sales Licence (LSL) or Special Occasion Permit (SOP).
- Ensure that staff/volunteers selling/serving alcohol are at least 18 years of age.
- Assign a trained staff member (or professional security) to monitor the door.
- Check the I.D. of people you suspect are underage and look under 25 years of age.
- Ensure the number of people on the premises is within lawful capacity.
- Station the bar far from the door, in a spot where people aren’t always passing it.
- Serve drinks to guests rather than offering a self-serve bar.
- Hire a professional bartender who is Smart Serve Certified.
- Hire a caterer with trained staff. Caterers can include both independent operators and restaurants that carry catering endorsements.
- Provide a variety of food items because the consumption of food slows down the absorption of alcohol. Try to limit salty foods, as they make people thirsty.
- Close your bar well before the scheduled end of the party.
- Plan to have servers circulating around the room refilling people’s glasses. People often accept drinks they don’t really want.
- Plan physical activities like swimming, skiing, snowmobiling or skating when you serve alcohol. People are more prone to accidents when they’ve been drinking.
- Allow the number of guests to exceed the legal capacity of the premises.
- Sell multiple beverage tickets to one guest.
- Price alcohol too low, since this will encourage heavy drinking.