The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), which is responsible for the retail sale of beverage alcohol at Ontario government stores, issues SOPs on behalf of the AGCO. SOPs are required for occasional events such as weddings and receptions where beverage alcohol will be served and/or sold. Permit applications must be submitted to a Liquor Control Board of Ontario permit-issuing store 30 days before the event takes place, except for indoor reception events that only require 10 days.
A Special Occasion Permit ("SOP") is required if you are planning to sell or serve liquor at special occasions, such as weddings, charity fundraisers and receptions. SOPs are available for any type of location other than a residence, but common areas of multiple unit residential buildings are not disqualified. It is unnecessary to obtain an SOP if an event is already being conducted under the authority of a caterer´s endorsement.
Application Process for SOP's
Permit applications must be submitted to a LCBO permit issuing store 30 days before the event takes place except for indoor reception events which require only 10 days notice. For outdoor events, the permit holder must at least 21 days prior to the event.
Once a Special Occasion Permit is issued, all liquor for the event must be purchased with the SOP at the LCBO, The Beer Store or any Winery, Brewery or Distillery Store. All receipts of liquor purchases under the permit must be available at the event. You must also post your permit at the bar area during your function. If it is a sale event, the levy receipt must be posted as well.
Application for a Special Occasion Permit and Instruction Sheet.
Credit Card Slip to include with Application.
Process for Liquor Sales Licence Endorsements
Information and the application for Caterer's, Room Service, Mini-Bar and Bring Your Own Wine endorsements is available on the AGCO website here.
Other Liquor Licence Info:
Changing your drink pricing during the day
The AGCO provides flexibility when it comes to changing your drink prices during the business day. There is no limit on the number of times licensees can change drink prices in their establishments, however, when licensees do so, there are some important things to remember. For information please read the AGCO Licence Bulletin available here.
For further questions contact the AGCO at 416-326-8700, toll free 1-800-522-2876 or access the AGCO website.