There are two different types of liquor licences. You may apply for either a permanent establishment (restaurant, bar, tavern) licence or a Special Occasion Permit.
Licences for permanent establishments are granted by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Registry Services assists business owners by coordinating municipal approvals to indicate an establishment meets Fire Code, Building Code and Public Health regulations.
You can get an application package from the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario. Contact them at 416-326-8700 or:
Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario
90 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON M2N 0A4
This package will include a municipal information form that must be filled out and brought to a City Registry Services offices. Registry Services does the following:
- accepts the application, payment and required documents
- forwards the application to Building, Health, and Fire divisions
- notifies the Councillor for the area in question
- notifies Police and the AGCO
- Signs the Municipal Information Form identifying the type of licence permitted in the area (wet, dry, damp)
- returns the form back to the applicant.
The City also requires all applicants to complete and submit a Municipal Liquor Licence Clearance form (PDF). Note: This form must be printed and submitted with your package to the Registry Services office.
Fee: Effective March 11, 2013, the total fee is $567.10, which can be paid by certified cheque (made payable to the Treasurer, City of Toronto), cash/debit or credit card.
After the City returns the form, you can then forward it and AGCO fees to the AGCO so they can begin their procedure.
- places a notice in the paper to advise the public
- processes the application and provides a placard to post in the establishment for 30 days
- issues the liquor licence once all City of Toronto compliance letters and OPP checks are received
If your liquor licence application includes an outdoor patio, please make sure there has been a building permit issued that includes the patio, or that you have obtained a preliminary zoning review for the patio. If you are not sure, please call 416-395-7000 for more information.
Special Occasion Permits
Special Occasion Permits are granted by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario. A permit is needed if you plan on serving or selling beverage alcohol at any location that is not a licensed establishment, or a private place or residence.
If you are holding a public event that requires designation as an event of municipal significance or if you are holding a public event outdoors, your request must be approved by one of the four community councils. At least 60 days or more, prior to the event, write to the local municipality, City Clerk's Office (Community Council Administrator Secretariat Unit - for contact information please see City Clerk's Office) to request that the event be designated as an event of municipal significance. To find out whether your event requires this designation, visit the AGCO website.
If your public event is outdoors, in addition to the above, you must notify Toronto Police, Toronto Fire and Public Health in writing at least 21 days in advance of your event. The Building Division must be notified as well if a tent or marquee is used.
You may also review the Special Events Planning Guide. This guide contains topics on Special Occasion Permits, including requirements from Fire, Building, etc. Further information on alcohol. Review the Letter of Municipal Significance.
- Pick up an application form at any LCBO store
- Take the application to the designated permit-issuing LCBO store in the municipality where the event is to take place. Store staff can tell you where that is, or you can call the LCBO at 1-800-668-5226 or in Toronto at 416-365-5900
For more information, see the AGCO website.