(Closed) Ontario Brides – SOP question!!!

posted 6 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What’s a SOP? Figured it out. Special Occassion Permit. Got it. We got the $25 no sale permit. No issues at all 🙂 Oh the one thing I found was that you have to get the permit in the same municipality as where you’re holding the event apparently, so I had to drive up to Orangeville to get ours (our wedding was in Alton, just south of Orangeville) which was weird and kind of a pain.

We also bought all our beer in Montreal at half the price (shhh don’t tell) and bought our wine directly from the wineries. No one checked or cared. Darling Husband bought a lot of our hard liquor from duty free on his way back from trips (again, don’t tell!) which no one really touched. We saved a good chunk of change that way.

Post # 5
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yep, you got it. $25 is the one you need. We bought all our booze from LCBO. We don’t have that many drinkers so that was alright. We were planning to return unopened bottles. Little did I know Fiance had NO plans of returning anything. Plus we didn’t have as much left over as I thought we might. Oh well! It didn’t cost much to keep ’em either if it makes him happy.

Post # 6
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Snow00774:  Our venue was really laid back. They didn’t supply anything really other than the site. We hired our own bartenders, waiters, etc. Plus we were out in the middle of nowhere practically, so I figured no one was going to come out and check, and really, there was no one at the venue who cared. We didn’t pay a corkage fee either. Like I said, very bare bones which was perfect for us! We did have the receipts on site just in case but it was really on the 0.000001% chance that someone from the LCBO or OPP might come and check.

Post # 7
134 posts
Blushing bee

IIRC, you do still need to ensure the bartenders are Smartserve accredited.  

Shhh, the best prices on beer in Montreal are at Costco.  Just make sure you know your vehicle’s maximum cargo weight. We had to do some math in the parking lot…

Post # 8
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Snow00774:  Just so you know, I had to get the $75 sale one last October and had all the receipts ready for an inspector… BUT in Ontario the budget is so low that there are hardly any inspectors, and they are busy inspecting permits for large festivals and big corporate parties. A wedding is a non-issue and as long as you have a permit, they don’t care about receipts and details. 

So don’t worry, just have fun and get the no sale permit. 

Post # 9
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I issue SOPs in Ontario and I can tell you that as long as you are not selling anything (tickets, alcohol, entry fee) you only need to get the $25 No Sale permit.  If there is any money being generated through any sort of sale than a $75 Sale permit is required.  Most weddings only require the No Sale permit, unless there will be a cash bar.  

As far as reciepts go, all alcohol for the function needs to be purchased on the permit.  This means that you bring the SOP to the LCBO/Beer Store/Wine Cellar/etc and present it to the cashier when you buy your booze.  The sale is then linked to your permit on the receipt.  These receipts and the SOP itself should be kept together and be brought to the function.  WIth a wedding, the only reason you’re really going to need those is if, for example, a kid pulls the fire alarm – the firefighters will want to see your permit and receipts and without them there is a chance that they will shut the event down.


Also, bakerella is right in that you have to get the permit issued at an LCBO within the municipality that the wedding is being held.  

Hope that helps 🙂

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