Liquor Licensing

There are two types of liquor licenses—one type is a new liquor license for a permanent establishment such as a restaurant or retail store; the other is a Special Occasion Permit, which is for a special, one-time event.
 

Permanent Establishments

Liquor licensing for a permanent establishment (eg. restaurant, bar)is granted by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).  Application packages are available on-line or may be obtained by contacting the AGCO at 416.326.8700, or by visiting them at:
 
90 Sheppard Avenue East
Suite 200
Toronto, ON
M2N 0A4
 
The application includes a Municipal Information Form which must be filled out by the applicant and provided directly to the City Clerk’s Office  at:
 
Main Floor, City Hall
2 Wellington Street West
Brampton, ON
L6Y 4R2
 
The City Clerk's Office processing fee is $75.00, payable by cheque, cash/debit, or credit card.  The City Clerk’s Office processes the Municipal Information Form, as follows:
 
     • Receives the document completed by the applicant and payment
     • Confirms the “wet/damp/dry” status and completes the municipality’s portion of the form
     • Returns the completed form back to the applicant with a letter stating that the City Clerk has not received confirmation that there are
        no outstanding orders to comply against the property; that the use is in compliance with the Zoning By-law; that the premises have
        Brampton Fire and Emergency Services approval; and that the establishment has the appropriate business license(s) .
 
The City Clerk's Office will contact you when the Municipal Information Form and letter are ready for pick-up, usually within 24-48 hours of receipt.
 
The application package also requires Letters of Compliance from Brampton Fire & Emergency Services, City of Brampton Building Division, and Peel Public Health .  The City Clerk's Office does not forward your application to those areas; this is the applicant’s responsibility.  Please ensure you contact these City and Regional services to obtain any necessary approvals.  Depending on the nature of business conducted at the permanent establishment, a business license from the City Clerk’s Office may also be required.
 

Special Occasion Permits

Special Occasion Permits (SOP’s) are also granted by the AGCO; application packages may be obtained in the same manner as listed above.
 
There are three types of occasions where an SOP may be issued: Private Events, Public Events, and Industry Promotional Events.  The following provides information specific to Public/Outdoor Events, and the requirements of not only the AGCO, but the City of Brampton.
 
As of August 2, 2011, an applicant for a Public Event SOP must provide notice in writing to the City Clerk, Peel Regional Police, Brampton Fire & Emergency Services, and Peel Public Health informing them of the event and identifying the physical boundaries (detailed sketch):
 
     • at least 30 days in advance for events where fewer than 5,000 people are expected to attend, and
     • at least 60 days in advance for events where more than 5,000 people are expected to attend.
 
If a tent, marquee or pavilion is used, the City of Brampton Building Division must also be notified.
 
Public Event permits may only be issued to:
 
     • A registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada);
     • A non-profit organization or association organized to promote charitable, educational, religious or community objects; or
     • An event of municipal, provincial, national or international significance.
 
Events/applicants requiring municipal significance by the City of Brampton must obtain a resolution from City Council.  Once notification is received of the event from the applicant, it will be circulated to various stakeholders Mayor, Ward Councillor(s), Enforcement & By-law ServicesPublic Services, Parks Operations, and Brampton Fire & Emergency Services) for their information and consideration.  If there are no objections to the event, the City Clerk’s Office will report to the next available City Council meeting for consideration of the request.  If Council approves a Resolution deeming the event to be municipally significant, the Resolution will be provided to the applicant for inclusion with their permit application.  If the timing of the event and next Council meeting does not permit the matter to be considered by City Council, an alternative process may be available.  Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information.
 
The City Clerk's Office processing fee for events requiring municipal significance is $50.00, payable by cheque, cash/debit, or credit card.
 
The City Clerk’s Office is committed to ensuring this process is smooth and efficient.  Therefore, if you are having an event requiring a Council Resolution for municipal significance, please be sure to advise the City Clerk’s Office at least six (6) to eight (8) weeks before your application is due to the AGCO.
 

Temporary Liquor License Extension

Temporary extension of an already licensed area in a permanent establishment is granted by the AGCO.
 
The AGCO application requires letters be sent to Peel Regional Police, Brampton Fire & Emergency Services, City of Brampton Building Division and, if the event is outdoors, the City Clerk, notifying them of the date, time, exact location, capacity of the proposed extended licensed area, and nature of the event.
 
Letters of notification must also include a detailed sketch or plan showing:
 
     • exact dimensions of the proposed extended licensed area
     • exact location of the area in relation to the licensed premises – must be adjacent to the existing licensed premises
     • height and type of fencing (i.e., snow, metal, wooden) – the proposed extended area must be defined by a partition that is at least
       0.9 metres high (36”0 and that makes the area easily distinguishable from other areas to which the proposed temporary extension
       does not apply.
 
The City Clerk's Office processing fee is $25.00, payable by cheque, cash/debit, or credit card.  The City Clerk’s Office processes the letter of notification, as follows:
 
     • Receives the letter of notification and sketch or plan of the proposed extended licensed area
     • Provides the applicant with a letter of non-objection to the extension of the proposed extended licensed area, subject to: 
           1. That the applicant notify local residents of the event, and provide a contact name and number for any complaints regarding noise
               or trespassing.
           2. That an appropriate level of security be provided, as may be required by the Peel Regional Police.
           3. That any other permits and/or approvals (e.g., temporary structures), as may be necessary be obtained from the City of
               Brampton.
 
The City Clerk's Office will contact you when the letter of non-objection is ready for pick-up, usually within 24-48 hours of receipt.
 
 
For additional information, please contact 905.874.2113 or cityclerksoffice@brampton.ca.

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