Holders of a valid liquor sales licence with a catering endorsement are permitted to sell and serve beverage alcohol at events that are held in unlicensed areas other than a licensed establishment, or that are held in unlicensed areas within a licensed establishment (for example, an unlicensed basement).
A catering endorsement may not be used at a location if:
- the location’s liquor sale licence is currently under suspension,
- a liquor sales licence for that location has been revoked or refused, or
- a business or individual cannot get a Special Occasion Permit for that location.
Requirements for using a Catering Endorsement
A licensee may provide a one-time notice to the AGCO of his/her intention to cater events in a specific area that is under their exclusive control (i.e., the licensee owns, rents or leases the area). However, under all other circumstances the licensee must notify the AGCO of each catered event by submitting a Catering Notification Form at least ten (10) days in advance of the event.
The licensee is also required to notify their local police, fire, building and health departments the details of each catered event at least ten (10) days in advance of the event. It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that the location where the catered event is taking place complies with all the same requirements that apply to their licensed establishment (fire, health, building, etc.).
For each catered event, the licensee must also:
- Carry a copy of the liquor sales licence when transporting liquor to and from the event, and post a copy of the liquor sales licence and the Catering Notification Form at the event.
- Post a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Sandy’s Law) warning sign at the event.
- Not be sponsoring the event.
- Ensure light meals are available at the event.
- Allow only the licensee or its employees to sell and serve liquor at the event and ensure that all employees are trained in accordance with the regulations on server training.
- Not cater an event exceeding ten (10) consecutive days in length.
- Not operate an ongoing business with a sponsor.
- Not promote the event.
- Only transport and sell and serve liquor that is purchased under the liquor sales licence.
- Not sell and serve liquor at an event held in a residence.
As long as it is not a residence, the specified location for the catered event shall be deemed to be a licensed establishment during the time of the event and the licensee shall ensure compliance with the applicable sections of the Liquor Licence Act and Regulations.
Failure to comply with the Liquor Licence Act and Regulations can result in administrative action being taken by the AGCO, including a suspension or revocation of the licensee’s endorsement and/or liquor sales licence.
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