Frequently Asked Questions
What is Special Event Liability insurance?
Special Event Liability Insurance (also referred to as CGL, Commercial General Liability or Spectator Liability) is an insurance policy designed to provide broad protection for situations in which an event holder or vendor must defend itself against lawsuits or pay damages for bodily injury or property damage to third parties. Host liquor liability is included if there is no transfer of money for alcohol. This policy also gives protection to the venue and or sponsors of the event by adding them to the policy as an additional insured. This type of policy covers situations such as a slip and fall or accidental property damage to the venue.
Note: There are exclusions that apply to the policy.
What policy limits are available for Special Event Liability Insurance?
The standard coverage includes:
General Liability Aggregate
GL Products/Completed Operations
GL Personal/Advertising Injury
Damages to Premises Rented to You
Coverage can be provided up to $10,000,000 per occurrence / $10,000,000 General Liability Aggregate.
Each policy includes Host Liquor Liability coverage if there is no transfer of money for alcohol and the host or event sponsor is not in the business of making or distributing alcohol.
Note: Additional coverage’s such as liquor liability, rented equipment coverage, and non-owned hired auto coverage can be added to the base policy for an additional charge.
What types of events are covered?
We cover a multitude of event including:
Anniversary parties, Antique Shows, Banquets, Baptism, Bar Mitzvahs/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Block Parties/Street Closures/Street Fairs, Boat Shows, Business Meetings and Shows, Business Parties, Camera Shows, Card Games - Blackjack, Card Games - Poker, Card Shows, Casino Nights, Chamber of Commerce Events, Charity Benefits, Church Services or Meetings, Civic Club Meetings, Company Corporate Retreats, Computer Shows, Concerts, Consumer Shows, Conventions, Country & Western Events, Fashion Shows, Festival & Cultural Events, Film Screenings, Film Showings, Film Shoots, Fund Raising Dinner, Funeral Service, Golf Tournament, Grad Night, Graduations, Holiday Events and Parties, Gift Exchanges, Home Shows, Job Fairs, Ladies Club Events, Lectures, Luncheons, Marathons, Mariachi Band, Math Tournament, Meetings , Menorah Lighting, Mime, Mobile Home Shows, Mobile Homes RV Shows , Movie Release Party, New Years Eve Party, Old Timer Events, Pageants, Parades, Photo Shoots, Picnics, Play Readings, Plays, Poetry Reading, Pool and or Billiards Tournaments, Professional and or Amateur Association Meetings, Proms, Puppeteer, Quinceanera, Recitals, Reunions, Social Receptions, Speaking Engagements, Sporting Events, Store Openings, Story Teller, Symphony, Talent Show, Tap Dancing, Teleconferences, Tennis Tournament, Theatrical Stage Performances, Trade Shows, Union Meetings, Vacation Shows, Ventriloquist, Video Game Contests, Voter Registration, Walking and or Hiking Tour, Weddings, Wedding Receptions, Wine Tasting, Yodeler and many others.
Just apply online and select your event. If you don’t see your event listed in the application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you.
How far in advance must I purchase my Special Event Liability Event Policy for my event to be covered?
A Special Event Liability Event Policy must be purchased at least 7 days before your event.
Who is protected under an Event Liability policy?
The policy protects the person or business/organization under whose name it was purchased (the "Named Insured"). Your event venue(s) and event sponsors can also be added as Additional Insured.
What does "Named Insured" mean? / Who is or should be the "Named Insured"?
The "Named Insured" is the person or business/organization in whose name the policy was purchased. Typically the Named Insured would be the same person or business / organization entity that signed the contract with the venue.
My venue requires me to show evidence of liability insurance. Is a Special Event Liability Insurance Policy suitable for this?
Yes, a Special Event Liability Policy allows you to name your event venue as additional insured without additional charge.
Is the Special Event Liability Policy primary insurance?
If the Named Insured is held to be solely at fault in a claim the Special Event Liability Policy is primary insurance for both the named insured and any additional insureds listed on the policy.
How will I receive my Liability Policy? / How will I receive the Certificate of Insurance that is required by my venue?
A copy will also be e-mailed to you within 1 business day of when payment is received.
Can I add my vendors, such as the photographer, DJ, musicians, exhibitors etc to my liability policy as additional insureds or can I purchase a policy in their name?
No. Upon securing your insurance, we will provide a separate link that your vendors will be able to obtain their own coverage. When vendors purchase through this link, you will automatically be named as an Additional Insured on the vendor policy, protecting you from any liable actions of the 3rd party vendor.
Does a Special Event Liability Insurance Policy provide coverage for alcohol-related accidents?
If you are not serving liquor by the drink and you are not in the business of making, distributing or selling liquor, the Host Liquor Liability coverage included in the base policy will protect against alcohol-related accidents. If you are selling liquor by the drink or are in the business of making, distributing or selling liquor, you will need to purchase an additional liquor liability policy to protect your event.
My venue requires liability insurance for my event, including set up and tear down. Can Direct Event Insurance provide this?
The Special Event Liability policy will afford coverage for the day of the event as well as the 24 hours prior to the event and 24 hours after the event for the set up.
What are the insurance coverages available for Event Liability Insurance?
We offer General Liability, Damage to Premises, Medical Payments, & Host Liquor in our base policy. You many also purchase Liquor Liability, Non-Owned Hired Auto, Rented Equipment Coverage, and Waiver of Subrogation for an additional charge.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept credit or debit cards with the following symbols - MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.
How do I purchase a Special Event Liability Insurance Policy?
The fastest is way is to complete the online application, paying for the policy using a major credit card. You can also contact one of our customer service representatives to complete an application over the phone: Toll Free 1-800-781-7950 ext 1.
What Types of Weather Insurance does Direct Event Insurance provide?
Through our website, you may purchase rain insurance and choose between rain accumulation or rain free dry hours coverage. Additional weather insurance can also be provided such as coverage for snow, wind and lightning. Please email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to help you find the right coverage.
What is rain accumulation policy?
In this type of rain insurance, you choose the total amount of rain that will impact your activity over the coverage days and/or hours, such as one inch of rain over an 8 hour period of your event.
What is rain free/dry hours coverage?
In this type of rain insurance, you choose the number of rain free hours within the coverage period of your choosing, perhaps six hours of your eight-hour event. You also choose the level of hourly rain that defines a rain-free hour, such as 0.01”, 0.02”, 0.05”, or any other amount.
What is event cancellation insurance?
This type of coverage protects your event from circumstances beyond your control that force your event to be cancelled. There are essentially two types of event cancelation coverage: 1) the costs and expenses of putting on the event, and 2) the anticipated profits the event is expected to generate. The first covers your out of pocket expenses, such as rentals, promotion costs, and fees charged by service providers, etc. The second covers the profits you anticipate you will obtain from the event. Obtaining the second type of coverage to protect your revenue requires your event to have a history of revenue that is well documented and can be supported.
What is prize indemnity insurance?
This type of coverages allows you to promote your business, sporting event or charity by offering a sporting event contest such as a hole in one, putting contest, golf shootout, football toss, football field goal contest, hockey red line shot, hockey blue line shot, basketball half court shot, basketball 3/4 court shot, or basketball parlay. You setup the event, purchase prize indemnity insurance and offer a huge payout to the participants and Direct Event Insurance takes on the risk.