Serving alcohol at a city park or facility requires special approval to ensure a safe event for everyone and meet legal and liability requirements. City ordinance prohibits alcohol in all parks with the exception of Mayors’ Riverfront Park and Versluis-Dickinson Park unless written permission is received from the City Manager’s Office. Approval from the City Manager is contingent upon final Michigan Liquor Control Commission approval.
Please allow at least two weeks for approval. Without a valid certificate of insurance and a liquor license, alcohol cannot be served at any city park.
The following requirements must be met in order for alcohol to be served:
Restrictions for Special Occasion Licenses include but are not limited to:
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Kalamazoo City Attorney’s Office
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Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Note: an actual copy of the blanket additional insured policy language or endorsement must be attached to the certificate of liability insurance.
Applicant should contact their insurance agent to determine whether or not $1,000,000 Host Liquor Liability or $2,000,000 Liquor Liability coverage will be required.
Please make sure to begin the process of finding insurance at least 4 weeks prior to your event. All Event Holders must provide a copy of the Certificate of Insurance at least 2 weeks prior to the event date. Certificates should be sent to the City Attorney’s Office.
At the time the park is booked for your event, complete and sign the agreement below requesting to provide alcohol at a City Park to the City Manager’s Office. Provide the details of your event including the nature of your event and the circumstances under which alcohol will be served.
The agreement and the certificate of insurance must be submitted at least 60 days prior to your event so that approval from the City Manager can be obtained.
Once City Manager approval has been obtained, a liquor license can be pursued from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. www.michigan.gov/lcc
Michigan Liquor Control Commission Special License Application Agreement for Serving Alcohol at City Parks