A Liquor Sales Licence may be issued to allow the sale and service of alcohol to the public for on-site consumption. Please refer to the Guide for First-Time Applicants for a Liquor Sales Licence, or visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for more information.

Application Process

When submitting a Liquor Sales Licence Application through the AGCO, the application process generally takes between 10 and 12 weeks from the time the application has been filed.

Step 1:

Submit a Liquor Sales Licence application through iAGCO with the following information:

  • Application Fee;
  • Personal Disclosure, please refer to AGCO, for more information;
  • Floor Plans of the Premises;
  • Calculation of Capacity; and
  • Business Name Registration.

Step 2: Additional Documentation

To support your application, the following documentation is required and should be sent to AGCO as soon as possible.

Municipal Information Form

  • Submit the completed form to the Clerk’s office, in person, by mail or electronically via email to clerks@pickering.ca. The City Clerk will sign, date and return the form to you for submission to the AGCO.

Agency Letters of Approval (“Compliance Letters”)

  • Contact the Pickering City Development Department, for more information.
    Citydev@pickering.ca or 905.420.4617
  • Contact Pickering Fire Services
    Fire@pickering.ca or 905.839.9968
  • Contact Durham Region Public Health, for more information
    Ehl@durham.ca or 905-668-2020 or follow the steps outlined below.

Note: The below process for Durham Region Public Health is subject to change without notice. Please contact Ehl@durham.ca for more information.

If you are a new operator and new food premise:

  1. Complete Durham Region Public Health’s food premises questionnaire and ensure AGCO license is checked on the form.
  2. Submit the form to Durham Region Health Department via e-mail to ehl@durham.ca, by fax 905-666-1887 or mail to: 101 Consumers Drive, 2nd Floor, Whitby, ON, L1N 1C4
  3. Durham Region Public Heath will arrange for an on-site inspection and if satisfactory, a Durham Region Health Department letter will be issued to the business to provide to AGCO

If you are existing food premise or new ownership of an existing food premise:

  1. Submit your request via e-mail to ehl@durham.ca or contact, 905-668-2020, for more information.
  2. Please note: Operator will have to provide the following information to our inspectors:
    • Legal Name of the business
    • Store front name (Operating As)
    • Site Address (including unit #)
    • Name of owner /operator
    • Number of indoor and # of outdoor seats
  3. Durham Region Public Heath will arrange for an on-site inspection and if satisfactory, a Durham Region Health Department letter will be issued to the business to provide to AGCO

For more information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 905.420.4611 or by email clerks@pickering.ca