“Tied House” Liquor Licence

A person may make an application to the AGCO for a “tied house” liquor sales licence for the manufacturing site of a winery, distillery or brewery in Ontario.

A tied house liquor licence permits a restaurant/establishment that shares a municipal or property address with the manufacturing site, where a manufacturer’s products may be showcased on their own or in conjunction with other brands and types of liquor.  Under a tied house licence, the licensed establishment is exempt from the requirement of having to sell a variety of brands.

The holder of a tied house liquor sales licence may also apply for a catering endorsement to sell and serve the manufacturer’s products at any eligible location (i.e. including offsite the manufacturer’s location).

If a manufacturer has a retail store on the manufacturing site and there is a Tied House that shares a municipal or property address with the manufacturing site, the licensee may bring sealed, unopened liquor purchased from the retail store onto the licensed premises for the purposes of selling it to a patron.  This allows restaurant patrons that wish to purchase product for personal use from the retail store to pay for the product on their restaurant bill.

All alcohol-related transactions with the AGCO must be completed online through the iAGCO web-based portal. All transactions are offered online only.

Licensees are able to select a two or four-year term duration when applying for and renewing authorizations, with fees payable to match the length of the term. For a description of the fee structure, please visit the Alcohol Licensing Fees page.

Applications, Transfers and Renewals

For more information on “Tied Houses” please visit the Liquor Sales Licence Owner/Operators portal.

“By the Glass” Manufacturer´s Limited Liquor Sales Licence

Wineries, breweries and distilleries that hold a manufacturer’s licence under the Liquor Licence Act may make an application to the AGCO for a Manufacturer´s Limited Liquor Sales Licence (commonly known as “by the glass”) 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.

Under a “by the glass” licence, guests are allowed to carry and consume wine, beer and spirits on the manufacturing site in areas that are under the sole control of the manufacturer and approved under the licence.  Note that wine and beer are not be permitted in such areas as public roads, thoroughfares, driveways and parking lots, or in other areas that may raise public safety concerns.

A wine, beer or spirits manufacturing site may have both a tied house and a “by the glass” 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.  These hours may not be extended and no liquor sales licence endorsements are available for this type of sales licence.

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