Information guide for Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence (“By the Glass”) applicants

What is a Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence (“By the Glass”)?

A Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence (“By the Glass” Licence) allows eligible Ontario distilleries to sell and serve their products for consumption on their manufacturing site(s) where the sale is primarily aimed at promoting the manufacturer’s product and either providing an enhanced tourist experience or fulfilling an educational purpose.

Things to know before you apply

Eligibility criteria

Only Ontario distilleries which hold a Manufacturer’s Licence (issued pursuant to under the Liquor Licence Act) are eligible for this licence. The Manufacturer’s “By the Glass” Licence will only be issued to the same entity which holds the Manufacturer’s Licence.

Operational restrictions

An Ontario distillery which hold a Manufacturer’s “By the Glass” Licence is only permitted to sell and serve the spirits which it has manufactured.

Spirits may only be sold and served between 9 a.m. and 12 a.m. on any day. The sale and service of spirits is only permitted in areas approved under the licence that are on or immediately adjacent to a manufacturing site and under the sole control of the manufacturer.

These hours may not be extended and no liquor sales licence endorsements are available for this type of sales licence. Guests are allowed to carry and consume spirits on the manufacturing site in areas that are under the sole control of the manufacturer and approved under the licence. Spirits will not be permitted in such areas as public roads, thoroughfares, driveways and parking lots, or in other areas that may raise public safety concerns.

Note: A wine, beer or spirits manufacturing site may have both a Tied House and a Manufacturer´s Limited Liquor Sales Licence. Patrons are permitted to move freely between the licensed areas with their beverages. However, licensees must ensure adherence to rules regarding the permissible hours of sale for each licence type.

How do I apply?

You can apply for a Manufacturer’s “By the Glass” Licence - Distillery online, through the iAGCO portal.

Supporting documents

What supporting documents/information are needed to apply for a Manufacturer’s “By the Glass” Licence?

When applying for a Manufacturer’s “By the Glass” Licence online, you will be asked to provide the following as part of your application. These items can be provided to the AGCO at any time during the application process:

  • Site Plan of the Property - The site plan of the property must outline in red the area(s) in which the manufacturer is applying to have the sale, service and consumption of its product(s) take place. The area(s) must be under the sole control of the manufacturer and located on or immediately adjacent to the manufacturing site of the applicant.
  • Municipal Resolution - Written notice from the Council of the Municipality within which the applicant’s manufacturing site is located confirming that it has passed a resolution in support of the issuance of the licence.

Fees and Payment

  • Please refer to the AGCO’s Application Fee Schedule for the applicable fee.
  • When using online services, payments must be made by Visa, MasterCard, Interac Online, Visa Debit or MasterCard Debit.
  • Payments of $30,000 or more must be made by money wire transfer or electronic funds transfer. Please note that cheques and cash are not accepted as forms of payment when using iAGCO online services. For more information please contact AGCO Customer Service at 416-326-8700 or 1-800-522-2876.
  • All application fees must be received by the AGCO before an application will be processed.
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Transferring a Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence (“By the Glass”)

When is a transfer of licence required?

Changes in ownership require the approval of the Registrar. Licence holders must notify the AGCO prior to any changes in ownership to allow the application to be processed prior to the completion of the change.

Transfers of “By the Glass” Licences will be processed at the same time as the corresponding “Manufacturer’s Licence” transfer application.

You must also submit your completed Application to Transfer the corresponding “Manufacturer’s Licence” and application fee (Please see Section 1: “Change of Ownership: Transferring a Manufacturer’s Licence” for more information).

How do I apply?

Applications to transfer your “By the Glass” Licence can be made online, through the iAGCO portal.

Please note:

  • The entity to whom the licence is being transferred is responsible for submitting the application to transfer the licence.
  • The application must include a signed Consent to Transfer signed by the current licence holder(s).

Supporting documents

What supporting documents/information are needed to transfer a “By the Glass” Licence?

You must also submit your completed Application to Transfer the corresponding “Manufacturer’s Licence” and application fee (Please see Section 1: “Change of Ownership: Transferring a Manufacturer’s Licence” for more information.)

Fees and Payment

  • Please refer to the AGCO’s Application Fee Schedule for the applicable fee.
  • When using online services, payments must be made by Visa, MasterCard, Interac Online, Visa Debit or MasterCard Debit.
  • Payments of $30,000 or more must be made by money wire transfer or electronic funds transfer. Please note that cheques and cash are not accepted as forms of payment when using iAGCO online services. For more information please contact AGCO Customer Service at 416-326-8700 or 1-800-522-2876.
  • All application fees must be received by the AGCO before an application will be processed.
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Renewing a Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence (“By the Glass”)

“By the Glass” Licences are valid for a period of either two or four years and expire when the associated Manufacturer’s Licence expires or is terminated.

How do I apply?

Renewals of “By the Glass Licences” will be processed at the same time as the corresponding Manufacturer’s Licence renewal application which can be completed online through the iAGCO portal. Please see section on Renewing a Manufacturer’s Licence for instructions on completing the renewal application.

Fees and Payment

  • Please refer to the AGCO’s Application Fee Schedule for the applicable fee.
  • When using online services, payments must be made by Visa, MasterCard, Interac Online, Visa Debit or MasterCard Debit.
  • Payments of $30,000 or more must be made by money wire transfer or electronic funds transfer. Please note that cheques and cash are not accepted as forms of payment when using iAGCO online services. For more information please contact AGCO Customer Service at 416-326-8700 or 1-800-522-2876.
  • All application fees must be received by the AGCO before an application will be processed.
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Temporary Extensions

Important Update for 2021: In an effort to support businesses as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGCO is authorizing eligible “By the Glass” licensees to temporarily extend or add a temporary physical extension of their licensed premises, until January 1, 2022 at 3:00 a.m.

Eligible “By the Glass” licensees do not need to submit an application to extend their licensed premises for the duration of 2021, provided they meet certain requirements.

To be eligible for a temporary patio extension under the AGCO’s 2021 patio policy you must have a valid “By the Glass” licence, be permitted to open for on-site consumption and must meet the criteria as set out below:

  1. The physical extension of the premises is adjacent to: 
    1. the premises to which the licence to sell liquor applies; or 
    2. a dock to which the boat is attached and may include land adjacent to the dock; or
    3. the licensed premises under the “By the Glass” licence;   
  2. The municipality in which the premises is situated has indicated it does not object to an extension; 
  3. The licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the physical extension of the premises;  
  4. There is no condition on the licence prohibiting a patio;  
  5. The capacity of any temporary extension, allows for at least 1.11 square metres per person; and 
  6. In the case of “By the Glass” licensees, the sale and service of the wine, beer and/or spirits manufactured by the manufacturer within the physical extension of the premises is primarily aimed at promoting the manufacturer’s product and either providing an enhanced tourist experience or fulfilling an educational purpose.

If you do not meet the above 2021 criteria and still wish to apply for a temporary extension, please see below for more information on how to apply.

Similar to other liquor sales licensees, manufacturers who hold a “By the Glass” licence from the AGCO are also able to apply for a temporary extension of their licensed premises (for a special event or occasion).

The Registrar may approve a temporary physical extension of the licensed premises under the “By the Glass licence”, if the extension is adjacent to the areas under the “By the Glass” licence.

The application, including all supporting documentation, must be submitted by “By the Glass” licensees online through the iAGCO portal and received 30 days in advance of the temporary extension/event. Event Organizers cannot submit applications on behalf of licensees. No licensing fee is required.

Other important information: Retail Sales Tax

For “By the Glass” Licence holders, please note your renewal application will not be accepted if the licence holder owes money to the Minister of Finance. It is your responsibility to contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-668-8297 to determine if you owe any money.

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