“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.

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 
  1. 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 Blass” 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.

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