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Special Designated License (SDL)


A Special Designated License (SDL) is a license for a special event whereby alcoholic liquors will be sold.

Only current retail liquor license holders and 501(c) Non-Profit Organizations can apply for a SDL.

Lancaster County's SDL fee is $80.00 per application. Fees are required to be paid at the time of application.

Non Caterer applicants are limited to six (6) SDLs per calendar year. This includes consecutive days used on one application, i.e., July 4-9 = 6 days.

Prior to applying for a SDL, please carefully review the following County requirements:

  1. The SDL application and County fee ($80 per application) must be filed in the County Clerk's office no later than 21 business days (excluding holidays) prior to the date of the event.
  2. The SDL application is then forwarded to the following County offices/departments for review: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster County Engineer's Office, City-County Planning Department, Building & Safety Department, and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Applicants will receive copies of any agency comments/recommendations as they become available.
  3. Once all agency recommendations have been received, the SDL application will be scheduled for formal action by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners. Applicants will be notified in writing of the meeting date/time and are encouraged to attend in order to address any questions or concerns regarding the event. Failure to do so could delay approval of the application.
  4. Following the County Board meeting, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (LCC) will be notified of the Board's action. Please keep in mind, the LCC requires applications to be received at least ten (10) days prior to the event - NO EXCEPTIONS - and additional State fees apply.
  5. Following approval by the LCC, the SDL will be mailed to the County Clerk's Office for distribution.

Special Designated License Application

Forms may also be obtained from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95046
Lincoln NE 68509-5046
(402)471-2571

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