Special Occasion Permit or Temporary Extension Process

If you wish to serve alcohol at your event, you must adhere to both the provincial and municipal guidelines to ensure that you are legally permitted to serve alcohol. 

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)

Provincially, alcohol sales, service and consumption is overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. 

The AGCO website provides information related to Special Occasion Permits (SOP) and Temporary Liquor Licence Extensions. You will not be permitted to serve alcohol on municipal property without providing a copy of your Liquor Licence as issued from the AGCO. Applications for a Special Occasion Permit or Extension of an Existing Permit can be picked up and returned to any local LCBO store. 

For more information about AGCO liquor licences, please contact:

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
Toll Free: 1-800-522-2876
Fax: 416-326-5555 

To start the process, applications can be picked up and returned to a local LCBO store or you may access the application online. 

Don't Delay!

Due to the approvals required by the AGCO as part of the application process, the turnaround time for requests through the AGCO can be lengthy. Please plan accordingly to avoid disappointment. 

As part of the licence application package to the AGCO, you will be required to notify the Municipality and provide proof of this notification to the AGCO. 

The AGCO requires for-profit organizations to obtain a municipal resolution or letter from a delegated municipal authority, deeming the event a "municipally significant event". In the Municipality of Leamington, the Clerk has been delegated the authority to authorize and execute these letters. This letter must accompany the application for a Special Occasion Permit to the AGCO. 

For more information about notifying the Municipality and obtaining an Event of Municipal Significance designation, please refer to the Municipal Liquor Licence Application Guide or contact the Municipality at

519-326-5761 and speak to a Customer Service Representative. 

Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy

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. Event organizers must complete the Special Occasion Permit Holder Agreement and/or the Sports Activity Agreement and submit it with your Special Event Application. 

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

As part of your application process for a liquor licence with the AGCO, the OPP may require you to submit additional information about your event. You may contact the OPP at:

Ontario Provincial Police, Leamington Detachment
Attn: Sgt. Jerry Ribble
7 Clark Street West
Leamington, Ontario N8H 1E5
Tel: 519-326-2544


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