Last updated: 8/06/2019
These informational pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your Threshows on Threshold.
Please understand that these information pages are general, not comprehensive and are not legal advice. These pages are intended to give you an idea of the types of rules that may apply to your Threshows and to help you understand some of the things to consider in relation to your Threshow.
Different countries, states, and cities have different licensing requirements and rules and it is your responsibility as a host to make sure you comply with local laws and regulations. These pages are not intended to be an explanation of the specific rules that apply in your jurisdiction, or your particular situation, nor are these pages a substitute to seeking legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Threshows, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
I’m planning on including alcohol at my Threshow, is there anything I should be thinking about?
Yes. If you plan to include alcohol during your Threshow, we encourage you to please keep your safety, and that of your guests, front of mind. When in doubt, Threshold recommends you don’t serve alcohol at your Threshow.
Safe Threshows do not involve providing alcohol to a guest who is:
- under the legal drinking age
- driving or operating any type of vehicle or mechanical equipment
- looks or acts inebriated or who you know is intending to drive afterward
- ill, has a drinking problem, or does not want to participate
- participating in an Threshow where any remaining portion of the activities involves physical activity (like yoga, swimming, hiking, biking) or operating machinery or would otherwise be hazardous if intoxicated
We want to remind you that in most jurisdictions, the sale of alcohol to, or consumption of alcohol by, those under the minimum drinking age is punishable by fines and criminal penalties.
Do I need licenses if I serve alcohol to my guests at my home, at a private venue, or outdoors?
To sell alcohol to your guests, you generally either need a license or you need to hire a caterer licensed to sell alcohol. Note that, for a variety of reasons, licenses are not generally available to sell alcohol at a private residence. Selling alcohol includes situations where:
- You sell alcohol to your guest directly (e.g. charging a guest for a glass of wine that you serve yourself)
- You sell alcohol to your guest indirectly (e.g. including a charge for the wine you serve to your guest in your Threshow price)
Here are some additional things to think about before hosting a Threshow involving alcohol:
- You may be required to obtain a license if you host a Threshow which you advertise as being BYO (bring-your-own) alcohol, depending on the jurisdiction and your specific Threshow.
- Some jurisdictions have restrictions on the hours during which you may serve alcohol.
- Some jurisdictions have restrictions which may impact the ways in which you can advertise a Threshow involving alcohol.
- Several jurisdictions prohibit the use, distribution, or sale of powdered alcohol or concentrated alcohol in any alcoholic beverages.
You generally would not require a license to host a Threshow involving alcohol being served by a licensed venue or caterer, although hosting an alcohol tour of a number of licensed premises may require a permit or license in some jurisdictions.
What if my Threshow is in a public place or on public land?
If your Threshow involves the consumption, sale, or distribution of alcohol in a public venue or place, including on public lands or in parks, there are likely to be additional regulations, restrictions, or prohibitions that you should consider before offering your Threshow.
If you are unsure about anything relating to your Threshow, we encourage you to check with your local alcohol regulator, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your Threshow and confirm your Threshow complies with local laws, including health, tax, and insurance requirements.
* Please note that Threshold has no control over the conduct of Artists, Hosts or guests and disclaims all liability. Failure of Artists, Hosts or guests to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the Threshold platform.
Threshold is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).