Endorsements are add-ons to a Liquor Sales Licence that allow a licensee to sell and serve alcohol in certain situations apart from those generally permitted by the licence.

A licensee may apply for and hold more than one type of endorsement, but endorsements of any type are only available to liquor sales licensees.

Endorsements cannot be added to a Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales (“By the Glass”) Licence.

There is no fee for endorsements, with the exception of a Golf Course Endorsement. Endorsements expire at the same time as the licensee’s Liquor Sales Licence.

Caterer’s Endorsement

The holder of a Caterer’s Endorsement may sell and serve liquor at an event held on premises other than the premises to which the liquor sales licence applies. A Special Occasion Permit is not required. The catered event must be sponsored by someone other than the licence holder, have light meals available and not be more than ten (10) days in duration. Liquor cannot be offered for sale at a series of events sponsored by the same person if as a result of doing so, the licence holder is or appears to be operating an ongoing business with the sponsor. Liquor may not be sold at events held in a residence. Liquor not sold during a catered event must be returned to the licence holder’s stock. The licence holder is not permitted to promote or invite persons to attend a catered event where the licence holder is offering liquor for sale. During the event, the location is considered to be licensed premises. As such, the licence holder is responsible for ensuring compliance with all sections of the Act and its regulations. This includes complying with all health, fire, police and building regulations.

Areas under the exclusive control of the licence holder

If the licence holder has given the AGCO prior notice of its intention to cater events held in areas under the exclusive control of the licence holder (i.e. areas listed on the Endorsement application), then notification of individual events is not required.

NOTE: AN AREA MAY BE UNDER THE EXCLUSIVE CONTROL OF THE LICENCE HOLDER IF THE LICENCE HOLDER OWNS, RENTS OR LEASES THE AREA.

Areas not under the exclusive control of the licence holder

At least ten (10) days before a catered event begins, the licence holder with a Caterer’s Endorsement must provide the AGCO, the local police, fire, health and building departments with details concerning:

  • The nature of the event and the name of the sponsor
  • The address where the event will be held
  • The dates and hours during which the event will be held
  • The estimated attendance for the event
  • The boundaries of the area where liquor will be sold and served.

At least thirty (30) days before a catered event that will use temporary tiered seating, the licence holder with a Caterer’s Endorsement and a temporary tiered seating approval must provide the AGCO, the local police, fire, health and building departments as well as the municipal clerk’s office with details concerning:

  • The nature of the event and the name of the sponsor
  • The address where the event will be held
  • The dates and hours during which the event will be held
  • The estimated attendance for the event
  • The boundaries of the area where liquor will be sold and served
  • A sketch showing the area where the temporary tiered seating will be located.

Holders of a Brew Pub Endorsement may sell beer they have manufactured at events which are operated under a Caterer’s Endorsement (also see conditions for Brew Pub Endorsements).

Notification Requirements

  1. In addition to advising the AGCO at least ten (10) days prior to the event, the licence holder must also notify the local police, fire, building and health departments at least ten (10) days prior to the event.
  2. The event must be sponsored by a person other than the licence holder.
  3. The licence holder or employee should carry a copy of the Liquor Sales Licence when transporting liquor to and from the event; the licence holder or employee should only transport and sell and serve liquor that is purchased under the Liquor Sales Licence.
  4. Post a Sandy’s Law warning sign at the event.
  5. Ensure light meals are available at the event.
  6. Allow only the licensee or its employees to sell and serve liquor at the event and ensure that all employees are certified in accordance with the regulations on server training. For more information, please refer to the Server Training information provided in this Guide.
  7. Do not cater an event exceeding ten (10) consecutive days in length, operate an ongoing business with a sponsor or promote an event.
  8. Do not sell and serve liquor at an event held in a residence.
  9. As long as it is not a residence, the specified location for the catered event shall be deemed to be a licensed premises during the time of the event and the licensee shall ensure compliance with the applicable sections of the Liquor Licence Act and its regulations.
  10. Failure to comply with the Liquor Licence Act and its regulations can result in disciplinary action, including a suspension or revocation of the licensee’s Endorsement and/or Liquor Sales Licence.

Room Service Endorsement

The holder of a Room Service Endorsement may sell and serve liquor to people registered as guests in a room that is rented for overnight accommodation in a facility adjacent to the licensed premises. Food must also be made available.

Brew Pub Endorsement

The holder of a Brew Pub Endorsement may sell and serve beer that is manufactured on the premises by the licensee. The licensee must own and operate both the pub and the manufacturing facilities, the beer must be sold and consumed only in the licensed area and must be manufactured in accordance with standards established under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).

A notice must be posted in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises indicating the percentage of alcohol content of the beer made by the manufacturer.

Beer manufactured by the holder of a Brew Pub Endorsement shall only be sold, served and consumed in the licensed premises where the draught beer was manufactured and on one premises other than the premises where the beer is manufactured if:

  1. The licence holder has at least a 51% interest in the business carried on at the other premises and a valid Liquor Sales Licence, or
  2. In accordance with any Caterer’s Endorsement attached to the licence holder’s licence.

The beer manufactured by the holder of a Brew Pub Endorsement shall not contain more than 6.5% alcohol by volume.

It is the endorsement holder’s responsibility to comply with all federal requirements. For more information, contact your nearest Regional Federal Excise Office.

Wine Pub Endorsement

The holder of a Wine Pub Endorsement may sell and serve wine that is manufactured on the premises by the licensee. The licensee must own and operate both the pub and the manufacturing facilities, the wine must be sold and consumed only in the licensed area and must be manufactured in accordance with standards established under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).

A notice must be posted in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises indicating the percentage of alcohol content of the wine.

Wine produced under a Wine Pub Endorsement may only be sold, served or consumed on the premises to which the licence applies. The product may not be removed from any licensed area(s), for any reason.

The holder of a Wine Pub Endorsement, consistent with manufacturing wine on the premises, must perform the minimum steps of fermenting, filtering, carbonating and, where appropriate, bottling on the premises.

The wine manufactured by the licence holder must not contain more than 14% alcohol by volume.

The AGCO requires that an independent laboratory test a finished wine from each concentrate or juice being used in the fermentation process from a particular vintage year. The laboratory report must clearly state that the wine analysis meets all standards established under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). The reports must be retained on the licensed premises for a period of one year and made available to an AGCO employee upon request.

Wine Pub Endorsement Testing Contacts

Quality Assurance Laboratory
Liquor Control Board of Ontario
55 Lake Shore Blvd E
Toronto ON M5E 1A4 Telephone: 416-864-6725

OR

A listing of these facilities can be found in the yellow pages under the heading: “Laboratories - Analytical & Testing”

Mini Bar Endorsement

The holder of a Mini Bar Endorsement may sell and serve liquor from a dispenser (mini bar) in a room that is rented for overnight accommodation in a facility adjacent to the licensed premises. The mini bar must be located in the guest room and must be secured with a key, magnetic card or other device that is separate from the room key.

In addition to alcoholic beverages, the mini bar must also be stocked with non-alcoholic beverages.

Access to the contents of the mini bar must be controlled by the licensee or be restricted by means of a locking device. Access to the contents of the mini bar must be restricted to those persons that are 19 years of age or older.

Licensees shall retain records of the mini bar sales for one year.

Golf Course Endorsement

The holder of a Golf Course Endorsement may sell and serve liquor to persons on a golf course to consume on the playing area of the golf course. Liquor may be served from mobile vending carts that must be operated by an employee at least 18 years of age. Non-alcoholic beverages must also be made available.

Any patron who obtained liquor at any licensed area of a golf course is exempted from subsection 32(1) of the Act while driving or having the care or control of a golf cart on the playing area of a golf course.

Please refer to the AGCO’s Fee Schedule (Alcohol) for the applicable fee.

Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) Endorsement

A Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) Endorsement authorizes the holder of a Liquor Sales Licence for a restaurant or for a banquet room located in a hotel or motel to permit patrons  to bring unopened bottles of commercially-made wine into the restaurant or banquet room to which the licence applies for their own consumption.

Under this program, patrons will be able to bring a bottle(s) of commercially-made wine to a licensed restaurant. A restaurant employee must open the wine, as would be the case if the patron had purchased the wine from the premises.

The wine must have its manufacturer’s seal intact when presented to the restaurant or banquet room for opening.

“Commercially-made wine” means wine made by a manufacturer but does not include wine made at a Ferment on Premise facility, wine made at a premises with a wine pub endorsement, fortified wine as defined in Ontario Regulation 659/00 or homemade wine.

The applicant must hold a valid Liquor Sales Licence to apply for a BYOW Endorsement. All rules and regulations regarding the selling and serving of alcohol apply. The licensee may not use this endorsement in combination with any other endorsement that may be attached to the licence.

If the premises ceases to be a “restaurant” or a “banquet room” it ceases to be eligible for a BYOW endorsement, and must inform the Registrar within ten (10) days of the change. Failure to do so could result in administrative action being taken.

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