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Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is a provincial Crown agency that reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General.

The AGCO is responsible for regulating the alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors and administers many initiatives such as; 

  • Licensing and regulating establishments that sell or serve liquor, liquor delivery services, liquor manufacturers, their representatives and representatives of foreign manufacturers, and ferment on premise facilities
  • Administering the Special Occasion Permit program
  • Registering operators, suppliers, retailers/sellers and gaming assistants in the lottery and gaming sectors
  • Administering, in partnership with municipalities and First Nations licensing authorities, the regulatory framework governing the issuance of charity lottery licences (e.g. bingo, raffle and break open ticket events)
  • Licensing games of chance at fairs and exhibitions
  • Approving rules of play or changes to rules of play for games of chance conducted and managed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)
  • Inspecting and monitoring licensed establishments to ensure compliance with the Liquor Licence Act and regulations
  • Inspecting and monitoring casinos, charitable gaming events/facilities and retail locations where OLG lottery products are sold for compliance with the Gaming Control Act and its regulation, licence/registration requirements and standards and requirements established by the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing
  • Proactively providing education to all sectors and to those who are regulated, to increase their understanding of regulatory obligations and to improve overall compliance

For more detailed information about the AGCO please visit the AGCO website.

In order to have your event designated as an Event of Municipal Significance, you must make a written request to Council

Council will only approve this designation for events that meet the following criteria:

  1. Expected to bring people to the area; and
  2. Expected to create a minimum of ten temporary or fulltime employment; and
  3. Expected to promote the area regionally, provincially, nationally or internationally

All licenced Special Events require a Special Occasion Permit which is issued by the AGCO.

Outdoor Licenced Events

For licenced outdoor events, including events where alcohol is permitted on patios, the AGCO requires applicants to provide written notification to the Town Clerk, Police, Fire Department, Health Unit, and (in some cases) the Building Services Division.     

For events taking place within The Blue Mountains, written notification for this requirement can be forwarded via email to: