Service Licence

The LGA issues licences to serve liquor to six different kinds of establishments. For each licence category, the applicant must satisfy all regulations that pertain to the licence, and the proposed licensed premises must be adequate.

Dining room

A dining room licence authorizes the operator of a dining room to serve liquor. To qualify for this licence:

  • The kitchen and all related areas must meet all applicable provincial and municipal health and safety standards.
  • The dining room must offer sufficient seating for patrons.
  • A sufficient variety of meals must be offered to patrons, and the kitchen must be equipped to prepare such meals.
Dining room/lounge

A dining room/lounge licence authorizes the operator of a restaurant and attached lounge to serve liquor. To qualify for this licence:

  • The kitchen and all related areas must meet all applicable provincial and municipal health and safety standards.
  • The premises must offer sufficient seating for patrons in both the dining room and lounge.
  • A sufficient variety of meals must be offered to patrons, and the kitchen must be equipped to prepare such meals.
  • A physical barrier defining each licensed area must be maintained, as indicated on the licence

A dining room/lounge licence may be issued to a standalone facility or to the operator of a hotel.

Beverage room

A beverage room licence authorizes the operator of a hotel to serve liquor in areas specified on the licence. The hotel must have a minimum number of required guestrooms to qualify for this licence.

Customer/member service

A customer/member service licence authorizes liquor service in any of the following types of businesses:

  • operator of an air carrier, railway, excursion ship, intercity bus line, international airport
  • personal service provider, such as a hair or nail salon
  • facility or residence for elderly persons or for persons requiring health care or support
  • sports or recreational facility, golf course, curling rink, hunting or fishing lodge
  • hotel that does not have a dining room licence
  • private incorporated clubs, veteran organizations
  • unit of the Canadian forces, or a law enforcement agency
Entertainment facility

An entertainment facility licence authorizes liquor service in a premises that presents at least two hours of live entertainment every day the premises is open for business. This licence may also be issued to a facility that presents musical concerts, plays, dance performances, movies, spectator sporting events, conventions, exhibitions or art displays.

Unique hospitality experience

A unique hospitality experience licence authorizes liquor service in a casino or gaming centre, or in a premises that offers a unique hospitality experience that cannot be accommodated under another liquor service licence category. This licence will only be issued in exceptional circumstances.

Please contact our Liquor Licence Department at 204-474-5619 or toll-free at 1-888-898-6522 to request a copy of the application or to arrange a time to complete the form in person at one of our offices.

 

Questions?

Please click below to read the information bulletin send to liquor licensees in March 2014 and for answers to some common questions about service licences. You can also email our Liquor Licence Department or contact us at 204-474-5619 or toll-free at 1-888-898-6522 with any questions about applying for any of the above liquor service licences categories.

Information Bulletin: Liquor Licensees

Who can get a liquor service licence?

The LGA licenses liquor service in accordance with The Liquor and gaming Control Act. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit background information about yourself and your organization to determine eligibility. You may apply for a licence if you are:

  • an individual who is 18 years of age or older, and a Canadian citizen or a permanent residents in Canada
  • a partnership authorized to do business in Manitoba whose partners are 18 years of age or older, and Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada
  • a corporation authorized to do business in Manitoba
  • a government agency or department

Please note that liquor licences are not transferable.

How long does it take to get a liquor service licence?

The LGA requires up to six weeks to process applications. It may take longer to process your application if it is incomplete or inaccurate. You cannot keep liquor in your premises or serve liquor until your licence is approved.

What does a liquor service licence cost?

The initial application fee for any liquor service licence is $500; this is a non-refundable application fee. If you are approved, the annual fee for each licence category is:

  • dining room: $300 annual fee
  • dining room/lounge: $800 annual fee
  • beverage room: $500 annual fee
  • customer/member service: $300 annual fee
  • entertainment facility: $500 annual fee
  • unique hospitality experience: $500 annual fee

How do you apply for a liquor service licence?

Please contact our Liquor Licence Department at 204-474-5619 or toll-free at 1-888-898-6522 to request a copy of the application or to arrange a time to complete the form in person at one of our offices.

New licence applications are required to post a public notice at the proposed site, in the local paper and in any other form designated by the LGA.

What do we need to submit with our application?

You will have to submit a variety of documents as part of the application process. This will include:

  • application form and fee
  • information about your business model, such as your franchise agreement (if applicable), a copy of your articles of incorporation, the registration of your business name, proposed food menu, hours of operation and security plan
  • information about your business finances, such as a copy of your lease for the premises, a copy of your most recent annual return, and a letter from your lender confirming financing
  • information about your business’ directors, including personal history reports and consent to conduct a criminal records check
  • proof of advertising and confirmation of Smart Choices certification.

The LGA has the authority to request any information it deems necessary to determine eligibility.

How long is my licence valid?

Liquor service licences must be renewed every three years.

Do I have to serve food in my licensed establishment?

Food service requirements differ by licence category.

Dining room licensees must offer meal service to patrons when liquor service is available and must have on-site kitchen facilities to prepare such meals. Customers may consumer liquor without meal service as long as half of the seating is available for those who wish to order meals in the dining room.

Dining room/lounge licensees must offer meal service to patrons in the dining room when liquor service is available and must have on-site kitchen facilities to prepare such meals. Customers in the dining room may consumer liquor without meal service as long as half of the seating is available for those who wish to order meals in the dining room. Liquor service may be with or without meal service in the lounge, but food must always be available.

Beverage rooms, customer/member service and entertainment facility licensees must ensure there is a variety of food available to their customers when they are open for business.

Can minors be present and/or served liquor in my licensed establishment?

Minors may be present in licensed dining rooms and in the dining room area of dining room/lounges. Minors may be present in the lounge area if they are accompanied by their parent, guardian, spouse or common-law partner. Minors may consumer liquor in dining rooms and dining room/lounges if the liquor is purchased and provided by the minor’s parent, guardian, spouse or common-law partner, and the liquor is consumed with a meal.

Beverage rooms are generally age-restricted; however, beverage room licensees may apply for a special family-friendly authorization from the LGA that authorizes them to admit minors and operate under the terms and conditions of a dining room licence. Beverage rooms may also apply to the LGA to admit minors on an occasional basis for community events.

Minors may generally be present in entertainment facilities that present musical concerts, plays, dance performances, movies, spectator sporting events, conventions, exhibitions or art displays. Minors may be present in entertainment facilities that present live entertainment every day if they are accompanied by their parent, guardian, spouse or common-law partner. Minors may consumer liquor in entertainment facilities if the liquor is purchased and provided by the minor’s parent, guardian, spouse or common-law partner, and the liquor is consumed with a meal.

Minors may be present in customer/member service establishments if they are accompanied by their parent, guardian, spouse or common-law partner. Minors may consume liquor in these establishments if the liquor is purchased and provided by the minor’s parent, guardian, spouse or common-law partner, and the liquor is consumed with a meal.

Is there a requirement to maintain a billing system or food-to-liquor ratio as a dining room/lounge operator?

No, under the new liquor laws, there is not requirement to maintain a billing system or submit food-to-liquor sales reports; however, you must maintain records of all purchases and sales on a monthly basis related to food and liquor and may be required to submit these reports if asked.

Are there limits on my operating hours?

The same operating hours apply to all liquor service licence categories except for the unique hospitality experience category. With this exception, all licensed establishments may sell and serve liquor from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., seven days a week. As a licensee, you may determine your operating days and hours within this period. Sunday and holiday hour restrictions have been eliminated in the new liquor laws, with the exception of restrictions on Remembrance Day.

Municipalities have the local option to reduce or prohibit liquor service.

Are there limits on drink prices?

Minimum drink prices have not changed under the new liquor laws. As a licensee, you may determine the selling price for alcoholic beverages, provided it is not less than $2.25 per 28.4 ml (1 oz) of spirits or liqueurs, 355 ml (12.5 oz) of beer, ciders or coolers, or 142 ml (5 oz) of wine.

If you are serving drinks of greater quantities than those listed above, the selling price of those drinks must be in direct proportion to $2.25. For example, the price for a double (56.8 ml or 2 oz) is to be no less than $4.50.

Can I let customers bring wine to my dining room?

Dining room and dining room/lounge licensees may allow patrons to bring their own commercially-made wine in an unopened bottle to the licensed premises to be consumed with a meal.

Dining room and dining room/lounge licensees may also allow patrons to remove an unfinished bottle of wine from the licensed premises if the wine was served to the person with a meal and if the licensee recorks the bottle before it is removed.

What are the rules for advertising my licensed establishment?

Liquor service licensees are allowed to advertise, but all advertising must comply with regulations. Please click here for more information about rules for liquor advertising and marketing.

Can minors work in the age-restricted lounge area of a dining room/lounge?

Yes, minors may be employed to work in the lounge area up to 10:00 p.m., as long as they are not serving or selling liquor, or working in a security-related function. For a full description of the requirements licensees must follow when employing a minor, please see the Dining Room/Lounge Terms and Conditions.