Liquor Licence Application Requirements

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) regulates the sale, service and consumption of alcohol.

To obtain an application for the sale or service of alcohol, contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. As part of the completion of your application, you may be required to notify and/or obtain clearance from the Town of Oakville for liquor sales licence, temporary liquor licence extension, and special occasion permit. The appropriate notification is required at least 30 days prior to your event.

The Clerk’s department assists applicants by completing the Municipal Information Form as part of the licence application. Staff circulate the information to Council Members and departments to collect comments that may be addressed in a response back to the applicant and the AGCO.

Contact the Clerk's department by phone (905-815-6015) or email (townclerk@oakville.ca) for further inquiries.

To process your Municipal Information Form (MIF) follow the steps below:

  1. Provide the Municipal Information Form with the top portion completed.
  2. Provide drawings of your establishment (sample drawing). They can be hand drawn, but must show the following:
    1. Where your business is located – cross streets
    2. Where alcohol will be served or consumed – include dimensions of the serving area (floor plan)
    3. If you are serving liquor on a patio – include dimensions and location of the patio
  3. Provide payment of $100, payable by cheque, debit, MasterCard, Visa, American Express (cash will not be accepted).
  4. We will circulate the application to:
    • Town and Regional Councillors of the ward in which the establishment is located;
    • Halton Regional Police; and
    • Various departments within the town
  5. Completed form and letter will be submitted directly to AGCO and a copy will be emailed to you.

Application process could take up to 30 days to complete.

Applicants are reminded to contact the following for Agency Letters of Approval required by the AGCO;

  • Building Services - Liquor Compliance Report
  • Fire Services - 905-338-4404
  • Health Department - Region of Halton, 1151 Bronte Road.

Special Occasion Permit applications are available through the AGCO. The Clerk’s department reviews notification for special occasion permits (SOP) for outdoor events. Staff circulate the information to Town Council, departments and outside government agencies to collect comments that may be addressed in a response back to the applicant and the AGCO. For detailed information on applying for a Special Occasion Permit see the AGCO Special Occasion Permit Application Guide.

Notification of outdoor special occasion public events may be submitted by email to the Town Clerk with the following information:

  • Organization's name;
  • address;
  • contact person;
  • date of the event;
  • number of people invited or expected;
  • times when alcohol will be served;
  • food supplier;
  • will a tent be erected;
  • will there be music, and the source; and
  • sketch showing the proposed area (sample sketch)

To obtain a Special Occasion Permit for the sale and service of alcohol at special occasions such as a public event that is not conducted by a registered charity or not for profit entity, the event must be designated as a municipally significant event. An event of municipal significance requires a letter from the Town Clerk designating the event as "municipally significant". Your notification letter must include reason why the event should be deemed as significant. A fee of $50 applies, payable by cheque, debit, MasterCard, Visa, American Express (cash will not be accepted).

Applicants are reminded to notify the following agencies as part of the SOP application.

Fire Department - 905-338-4404;
Health Department– Region of Halton, 1151 Bronte Road;
Halton Regional Police Service – 2485 North Service Road West;
Clerk’s department – email (townclerk@oakville.ca) or phone (905-815-6015).

  • Municipal Information Form - $100
  • Special Occasion Permit - $50

Fees payable by cheque, debit, MasterCard, Visa, American Express (cash will not be accepted).

For further information or general information on our role as a governing agency, please contact the Clerk's department, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone, or send an email to townclerk@oakville.ca.

Clerk's department
1225 Trafalgar Road, 2nd Floor
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3
905-815-6015

For further information about liquor licence packages or approvals, please contact the AGCO.