The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for administering the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) that covers most aspects of Ontario's beverage alcohol laws. These laws provide the regulatory requirements for responsible sale and service of beverage alcohol in the province.
The LLA and its regulations provide the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming authority for regulating and licensing of the following: liquor sales licences, ferment on premise facility licences, liquor delivery service, manufacturer's licences and manufacturer's representative licences.
Through its Inspection and Investigation Branch, the AGCO works independently and in partnership with local police services to conduct Liquor Licence Act inspections and investigations at licensed premises, monitor liquor licensed premises for compliance with the Liquor Licence Act and investigate complaints/breaches of the LLA.
The AGCO is also responsible for overseeing the administration of Special Occasion Permits (SOPs). The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), which is responsible for the retail sale of beverage alcohol at Ontario government stores, issues SOPs on behalf of the AGCO. SOPs are required for occasional Private Events such as weddings and receptions or Public Events, where beverage alcohol will be served and/or sold.
Permit applications for Private Events must be submitted to an LCBO SOP service store at least 10 days before the event takes place. Permit applications for all other events must be submitted to an LCBO SOP service store at least 30 days before the event takes place.
For outdoor events where fewer than 5,000 people per day are expected to attend, the permit applicant must give written notice of the event 30 days before the event to the clerk, police, fire and health departments of the municipality in which the event is to take place.
For outdoor events where 5,000 people per day or more are expected to attend, the permit applicant must give written notice of the event 60 days before the event to the clerk, police, fire and health departments of the municipality in which the event is to take place.