All alcohol-related transactions with the AGCO can now be completed online through the iAGCO web-based portal.
The services being offered online will also continue to be offered through the traditional, paper-based transactions for a transition period of approximately one year. At the end of the transition period, all transactions will be offered online only. Please note that processing times may be longer if an application is submitted by paper.
New licence term options are now available when applying for and renewing licences or authorizations. Licensees are now able to select a two or four year term duration, with fees payable to match the length of the term. For a description of the new fee structure, please visit the Alcohol Licensing Fees page.
Licensees must complete the renewal application, corporate structure form (if applicable) and personal history report(s), along with the appropriate alcohol licensing fees prior to the expiry date.
If your application and fee are received on or before the expiry date, you will receive a Renewal Confirmation Notice allowing you to operate until you receive your licence.
If your renewal application is not received by the expiry date on your liquor licence, your licence will expire and you can no longer sell or serve alcohol. Expired liquor licences cannot be renewed. Keep in mind that you are prohibited under the Liquor Licence Act from selling/serving alcohol without a valid liquor licence.
If your Liquor Sales Licence has expired, you must complete and submit a new Liquor Sales Licence Application, which will result in you receiving a new licence number.
This application may be exempt from public notice. Please call Customer Service with the File Number once the application has been submitted.
For more information, contact the AGCO Customer Service Department toll free at 1-800-522-2876 or in Toronto at 416-326-8700.
Please note that your liquor sales licence renewal application will not be processed if your establishment owes money to the Ministry of Finance (retail sales tax). It is your responsibility to contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-668-8297 to determine if you owe any money. If you do, you must make arrangements to pay the outstanding amount.
Your liquor sales licence renewal application will also not be processed if there has been a change of ownership at the establishment that has not been previously reported to the AGCO. If such a change has occurred, you must submit a liquor sales licence transfer application to the AGCO (see section below).
AGCO services for Ontario’s liquor sales licence holders are now available online! For more information, please visit the iAGCO Information page.
Licensees holding a valid liquor sales licence may submit an application to the AGCO to temporarily extend their existing licensed areas to an adjacent area (for instance to support a special event or occasion). The AGCO will consider temporary extensions for a period not greater than 14 days.
The application, including all supporting documentation, must be received 30 days in advance of the temporary extension/event. No licensing fee is required.
All liquor sales licences are issued to individuals, business partnerships or corporations, for operation at a specific location. The owner – as licensed with the AGCO – is responsible for the ongoing operation of the licence.
Changes in ownership (commonly referred to as licence transfers) must be approved by the AGCO. An application must be submitted for approval before the change is made.
Licence transfers fall into two general categories:
- A 100% change in ownership from that currently registered with the AGCO; or
- A partial change in ownership from that currently registered with the AGCO.
If the licensee is a corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship, its business trade (operating) name must be registered with the Companies and Personal Property Security Branch. Also note that corporations must file updated information with respect to officers and directors of a corporation with the Companies and Personal Property Security Branch on a regular basis. Please see the Ontario.ca, Central Forms Repository. Forms must be forwarded to Companies and Personal Property Security Branch for processing.
Transfer with Authorization to Contract Out
An Authorization to Contract Out allows a transfer applicant to operate a licensed establishment until the licence is either transferred into the applicant´s name, the licence expires, or the AGCO refuses the transfer, whichever comes first.
During this period, both the current licence holder and the transfer applicant are responsible for the sale and service of alcohol.
The Authorization to Contract Out must be submitted to the AGCO with the transfer application, and appropriate alcohol licensing fee.
Note that a personal history report for the person who will be responsible for managing the premises must be submitted and approved by the AGCO, before the Authorization to Contract Out becomes effective and the transfer applicant is permitted to sell and serve alcohol on the premises.
Check the expiry date of the licence, and have the licensee renew it (if necessary) to ensure it does not expire during the transfer period.
You should apply for a transfer (corporate rollover) of a licence if:
- An individual or a partnership decides to incorporate and become a corporation. In this case the individual or the partners must be the only officers and directors of the new corporation and a corporate structure form must be completed.
- A corporation with a sole officer, director and shareholder decides to become a sole proprietor.
- A corporation with more than one officer, director or shareholder decides to become a partnership and the officers, directors and shareholders are the only partners.
Temporary One Year Transfer of Licence
A premise with a valid liquor sales licence may be eligible for a one-year non-renewable transfer in order to dispose of the business in an orderly fashion, if the licensed premise is temporarily taken into possession by:
- A trustee in bankruptcy
- A court appointed receiver
- A mortgagee (on the property)
- A franchiser
- A landlord by default of lease
- An executor or administrator
An application for a Temporary Transfer must be completed by one of the eligible applicants listed above and forwarded to the AGCO along with the appropriate alcohol licensing fee.
Applicants may not sell, serve or permit consumption of alcohol on the premises until the temporary liquor sales licence has been issued by the AGCO.