Process to Obtain Liquor License for On-Campus Events

(Please allow 4-5 weeks for this process)

Note: As per the State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control a group may apply for one Social Affair permit per calendar month. As an example: The Rutgers School of Law can submit an application during the same month as the Rutgers Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. However, the Rutgers Camden Alumni Association cannot submit applications for two events during the same calendar month.

Please read the below procedures carefully as they reflect recent changes:

You may now apply for a Social Affair permit online through the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Contol's online licensing system. Permit applications are still available for reference, however you must login to the ABC Licensing System in order to submit an online application.

The Social Affair Permit online application must be applied for at least 21 days* prior to the event date to be submitted online. THERE WILL BE A 7 BUSINESS DAY DEFERRAL OF PROCESSING THIS PERMIT TO ALLOW FOR MUNICIPAL REVIEW. 

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are applying for this permit less than 21 days prior to the event date, you must submit a paper application at least 14 days in advance. Download application here. 
 
If you have any questions, call the Events Office at 856-225-6162. 
 
For Rutgers Student Groups:
 
Rutgers student organizations wishing to host an off-campus or on-campus event with alcohol must consult with their student group advisor as well as receive approval from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs or her designee.

For off-campus events, the student is required to work directly with the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs or her designee to obtain the appropriate insurance and licensing documentation from the off-campus venue in order for the event to be approved.

For on-campus events student groups must work with the Events Office to request and confirm an on-campus location and to discuss and decide where alcoholic beverages are to be dispensed. A diargram needs to include the bar area and location of person(s) checking ID’s for anyone under the legal drinking age.

Once a confirmation is received the student group should work with the designated student group advisor and/or the Associate Dean of Students to fill out the online application and process payment for the permit. Click here to apply online. 

If the group is granted a Special Permit, the permit must be posted at the event in order to serve alcoholic beverages as well as emailed to the Events Office at reserve@camden.rutgers.edu.

For Non-student Groups:

Catered events where alcoholic beverages are served to paying guests, require a liquor license. If the organization operates solely for civic, religious, educational, charitable, fraternal, social or recreational purposes, and not for private gain, they may apply online for a Special Permit to serve alcoholic beverages at a fund-raising event.

Social Affair Permits 

Groups must work with the Events Office to request and confirm an on-campus location and to discuss and decide where alcoholic beverages are to be dispensed. A diagram needs to include the bar area and location of person(s) checking ID’s for anyone under the legal drinking age.

Groups are responsible for filling out the online application and processing payment for the permit. Click here to apply online. 

If the group is granted a Special Permit, the permit must be posted at the event in order to serve alcoholic beverages as well as emailed to the Events Office at reserve@camden.rutgers.edu.

Note to Non-Rutgers Organizations:

If the organization is not a Rutgers University organization then the process is the same as described above, with three exceptions:

  • The organization must provide their liability insurance document to the Events Office two weeks prior to the event.
  • One day prior to the event the organization must deliver the Special Permit to the Events Office.

If any of these requirements are not met, we cannot serve alcoholic beverages at the event.