A renewal notice will be sent to licensees by the AGCO, as a courtesy, 60 days prior to the expiry date shown on the licence. The licensee must submit their renewal with the appropriate alcohol licensing fees online via the iAGCO portal, prior to the expiry date. It is your responsibility to renew your licence. Failure to file the renewal application and fee prior to the expiry date means that you cannot deliver liquor until you have applied for and received a new licence.
All liquor delivery service licences are issued to individuals, business partnerships or corporations. 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.
The filing requirements will vary based on the type of change:
90-Day Carry Over
A 90-Day Carry Over allows a transfer applicant to operate a liquor delivery service until: a licence is issued in the new owner´s name, the 90 days are up, the licence expires, or the AGCO refuses the transfer, whichever comes first.
During the 90-day period, both the current liquor delivery service licence holder and the transfer applicant are responsible for the delivery of liquor to residences in accordance with the Liquor Licence Act and regulations.
The 90-Day Carry Over agreement must be submitted to the AGCO with the transfer application, together with appropriate alcohol licensing fees.
Ownership Change (Transfer)
A transfer application must be submitted if:
- A liquor delivery service with a licence is purchased and the licensee consents to transferring the licence;
- A current owner takes on a new partner;
- All the shares of a corporation that holds an active licence are purchased by another party;
- There is a change in the corporate structure, resulting in a person or corporation gaining 10% or more of the shares;
- The will of a deceased licensee is being probated and the licensed delivery service will be operated by the beneficiary;
- An individual or a partnership decides to incorporate and become a corporation;
- A corporation with a sole officer, director and shareholder becomes a sole proprietorship; and/or
- A corporation with more than one officer, director or shareholder becomes a partnership.
Change in Business Address
To make sure that the AGCO has the most current contact information, liquor delivery service operators must immediately inform the AGCO when their business relocates. Liquor delivery service licensees should inform the AGCO of a business address change online via the iAGCO portal.
AGCO services for Ontario’s Liquor Delivery Services are online! You will complete all of your alcohol-related transactions with the AGCO online. For more information, please visit the iAGCO Information page.