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Types of Liquor Licences

The following is a list of liquor licences issued by the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming, including Special Occasion Permits issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Liquor Licences, Endorsements and Special Occasion Permits

Liquor Sales Licence
"A sales licence for on-premise sale, service and consumption of beverage alcohol."

A liquor sales licence is issued for the sale and service of beverage alcohol in licenced areas where light meals are available. There is no restriction on the type of businesses that may apply for a liquor sales licence.

Endorsements to a Liquor Sales Licence

The AGCO issues seven (7) types of endorsements, six of which allow liquor sales licensees to sell and serve alcohol under specific conditions. Endorsements are additions to the liquor sales licence. Licensees may hold more than one endorsement but endorsements are only valid when combined with an active liquor sales licence. For a list of endorsement types please see our Licence Endorsement page  Licence Endorsement page.

Manufacturer’s Licence

A manufacturer's licence gives authority to a manufacturer to sell its wine, beer or spirits to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Mini Bar Licence

A mini bar licence authorizes the sale and service of beverage alcohol from a dispenser in a room rented as overnight accommodation on the premises to which the licence applies. Establishments holding a liquor sales licence do not qualify for a mini bar licence but may apply for a mini bar endorsement.

Licence to Represent a Manufacturer

A licence to represent a manufacturer allows for agent representatives for non-domestic manufacturers and those under contract with domestic manufacturers, to take, canvass for, receive or solicit orders for beverage alcohol.

Ferment on Premise Facility Licence

A ferment on premise facility licence permits a holder of a licence to operate a ferment on premise facility (i.e., a facility where equipment for the making of beer or wine on the premises is available for individuals).

Liquor Delivery Service Licence

A Liquor Delivery Service Licence allows for the delivery of liquor to the public for a fee.

Special Occasion Permits

Special Occasion Permits are for the sale and service of beverage alcohol at special occasions such as weddings, charity fundraisers, receptions etc. Special Occasion Permits are issued through select Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores throughout the province.

Permits are issued for the following types of events:

Public Events

A Public Event is one which is conducted by a registered charity or not for profit entity or is an event of municipal, provincial, national or international significance. To be “municipally significant”, the event must have been so designated by the local municipal council.

To be “provincially, nationally or internationally significant”, the AGCO and the municipality must agree to the designation.

Auctions

Auction events must be conducted by a registered charity under the Canadian Income Tax Act, or an administrator or executor of an estate acting within his or her duties with respect to an estate, or a Sheriff acting within his or her duties with respect to beverage alcohol seized under a writ or execution.

Consumer Shows

Consumer Shows are events to which the general public is admitted. The major exhibits, themes and demonstrations at the consumer show must be directly related to an aspect of the hospitality industry or the consumption of food and beverage.

Diplomatic Events

Diplomatic events are private reception events that are hosted by foreign embassy, consulate, or trade commission with the ambassador. The application form must be affixed with consular embassy seal.

Market Research Events

Market Research events are conducted by or on behalf of a manufacturer of beverage alcohol to provide market research about their product.

Receptions

Receptions are private events for invited guests only.

Trade Shows

Trade Shows are events to which only people involved in the hospitality industry and their guests are permitted. The major exhibits, themes and demonstrations at the trade show must be directly related to an aspect of the hospitality industry or the consumption of food and beverage.