Any event on campus at which alcoholic beverages will be served or sold requires review and approval by UCPD Berkeley. California law and campus policy requires specific precautions for such events, including steps to ensure that no one under the age of 21 is served an alcoholic beverage. For a summary of campus policies pertaining to alcoholic beverages at campus events please contact the UC Berkeley Office of Risk Services (ORS) and review the information on their website.
Organizers of events involving the service of alcoholic beverages on the UC Berkeley campus are encouraged to notify UCPD as soon as reasonably practicable, and must notify UCPD Berkeley no less than seven (7) days in advance. Notification to UCPD Berkeley does not guarantee that alcohol service will be approved.
To notify UCPD, an Alcohol Permit Request Form must be fully completed and signed by:
- Your departmental or unit chairperson who is authorizing your event.
- A UC Berkeley employee who is required to be onsite during your event.
- The venue/facility manager where the event will take place.
Once the form is submitted through Docusign, UCPD Berkeley will review the request and notify the event organizer whether the permit is denied or approved. In some situations, a permit from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) may also be required.
UCPD Berkeley will review the request and notify the event organizer whether the permit is denied or approved. In some situations, a permit from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) may also be required.
Non-departmental users planning events involving the service of alcoholic beverages must also complete and submit a UCPD Event Security Assessment form at least six (6) weeks in advance. Refer to the “Major Events” section, above.
Undergraduate student organizations are prohibited from obtaining alcohol permits. Graduate student organizations are considered “non-departmental users” for purposes of the campus Major Events policy.
For more information about alcohol at special events on the UC Berkeley campus, contact the UCPD Special Events Coordinator by visiting UCPD, or by email to email@example.com