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Liquor Licensing 

To serve and/or sell alcohol in the Municipality of Leamington, you will need a liquor licence/permit from the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Certain licence types require that you provide written notice to the Clerk and in addition, you are sometimes required to get municipal clearance or approvals from Building Services and Fire Services at the Municipality of Leamington.

Liquor Licences - New/Permanent Establishments

As part of a liquor sales licence approval, the AGCO will require you to provide a Municipal Information Form signed by the Municipal Clerk and Agency Letters of Approval from Building Services, Fire Services and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

The following documents and applicable fees are to be submitted to the Customer Service Counter (Legislative Services) at the Municipal Building located at 111 Erie Street North.

Legislative Services will circulate the Agency Letter of Approval, floor plan and any other relevant documents to Building Services and Fire Services on your behalf. 

As the Applicant, you are responsible for submitting an Agency Letter of Approval to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Please note that the following fees are due upon application:

Department Review

Fee

Clerk's (Legislative Services)

$25.00

Building Services

$113.00

Fire Services

$115.00

Payments can be made by cash, debit or cheques made payable to "Municipality of Leamington".

Once all reviews have been completed successfully, you will be contacted to pick-up the signed letters. As the Applicant, you are responsible for submitting the signed Municipal Information Form and Agency Letters of Approval to the AGCO through the iAGCO portal.

Special Occasion Permits (Public and Private Events)

A Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is required any time alcohol is offered for sale anywhere other than in a licensed establishment. Permit applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event. A permit may be issued for Private and Public Events.

The Municipality of Leamington owns and manages facilities where alcohol consumption is not permitted and other facilities where alcohol consumption is permitted under the authority of a Special Occasion Permit. The Municipality of Leamington has developed an Alcohol Risk Management Policy in order to prevent alcohol related problems that arise from alcohol consumption within its facilities, and to promote a safe, enjoyable environment for those who use these facilities. 

Special Occasion Permit - Private Event

For events where only invited guests will attend (example: weddings). These events are not to be advertised and there can be no intent to gain or profit from the sale of alcohol at the event.

For private events held outdoors, the Municipal Clerk, Building Services, Fire Services and the Leamington O.P.P. are to be provided written notice at least 30 days prior to the event. As the applicant, you are responsible for submitting written notice to the Leamington O.P.P. They can be reached at 519-326-2544.

Notice is to be provided in separate letters to the Municipal Clerk, Building Services and Fire Services. All letters are to be submitted at the Customer Service Counter (Legislative Services) at the Municipal Building located at 111 Erie Street North and should include the following:

  • The addressee (Municipal Clerk, Building Services, Fire Services);
  • Event name, location, date(s) and start and end time(s);
  • Name and contact information of the event organizer;
  • Expected daily attendance;
  • Statement that the event is private and whether it will be held indoors and/or outdoors;
  • A note if there is a tent, marquee, pavilion or tiered seating being used. 

Please note that the following fee is due upon application:

Department Review

Fee

Clerk's (Legislative Services)

$25.00

Payments can be made by cash, debit or cheques made payable to "Municipality of Leamington".

Upon successful review, the Municipal Clerk will prepare a "Letter of Non-Objection" which you are to submit to the AGCO through the iAGCO portal.

 Special Occasion Permit - Public Event

For events that are open to the public. Public events can be advertised and allow for fundraising/profit from the sale of alcohol.

For any public events, indoors or outdoors, the Municipal Clerk is to be provided with written notice at least 30 days prior to the event. Written notice to the Municipal Clerk should include the following:

  • Be addressed to the Municipal Clerk;
  • Event name, location, date(s) and start and end time(s);
  • Name and contact information of the event organizer;
  • Expected daily attendance;
  • Statement that the event is public and whether it will be held indoors and/or outdoors;
  • A request for the event to be deemed "municipally significant".

Please note that the following fee is due upon application:

Department Review

Fee

Clerk's (Legislative Services)

$25.00

Payments can be made by cash, debit or cheques made payable to "Municipality of Leamington".

Upon successful review, the Municipal Clerk will prepare a "Letter of Non-Objection" deeming the event "municipally significant" which you are to submit to the AGCO through the iAGCO portal.

 Temporary Extensions

Current Licensees holding a valid Liquor Sales Licence may submit an application to the AGCO to temporarily extend their licensed areas to an adjacent area (for instance to support a special event or occasion). The AGCO will consider temporary extensions for a period of fourteen (14) days or less.

For temporary extensions, the Municipal Clerk, Building Services, Fire Services, Leamington O.P.P. and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit are to be provided written notice at least 30 days prior to the temporary extension taking effect. As the Applicant, you are responsible for submitting a notification letter to both the Leamington O.P.P. and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.  

Notice is to be provided in separate letters to the Municipal Clerk, Building Services and Fire Services. All letters and the applicable fee are to be submitted at the Customer Service Counter (Legislative Services) at the Municipal Building located at 111 Erie Street North and should include the following:

  • The addressee (Municipal Clerk, Building Services, Fire Services);
  • Establishment name, location, date(s) of the extension;
  • Name and contact information of the establishment owner;
  • Purpose of the extension.

In addition to the written notices, a well-drawn sketch or plan should be included as an attachment. The sketch or plan must clearly show:

  • The exact dimensions of the proposed extended licensed area including any permanent or temporary tiered seating;
  • The exact location of the area in relation to the licensed premises - must be adjacent to the existing licensed premises;
  • The height and type of fencing (i.e. snow, metal, wooden) - the proposed extended area must be defined by by a partition that is at least 0.9 metres high (36") that makes the area easily distinguishable from other areas to which the proposed temporary extension does not apply. 

Please note that the following fee is due upon application:

Department Review

Fee

Clerk's (Legislative Services)

$25.00

Payments can be made by cash, debit or cheques made payable to "Municipality of Leamington".

Upon successful review, the Municipal Clerk will prepare a "Letter of Non-Objection" which you are to submit to the AGCO through the iAGCO portal

 AGCO Contact Information

The AGCO website provides further informtation related to liquor licensing. For more information about the licensing process, please contact:

 

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Toll Free: 1-800-522-2876

Fax: 416-326-5555

 

customer.service@agco.ca 

 

Contact(s)

© 2020 The Municipality of Leamington 111 Erie Street North, Leamington, Ontario N8H 2Z9

Phone: 519-326-5761
Fax: 519-326-2481
Email: General Information

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