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Now Online. NLC is now accepting online applications for new liquor establishment licenses through its Liquor Licensing and Compliance Electronic System (LACES). [LACES].

Applicants can register for LACES using the links provided below. If you are a current licensee applying for a new license, it is important for you to obtain an access code before registering so that all existing licenses are linked to your account.

If you have already registered for LACES, all that you need is your username and password to sign in. If you have forgotten your password, please use the "forgot password" link to access your account.

To retrieve your access code, or to obtain a paper copy of a license application, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-1159.

NOTE: Access codes are not required for new applicants.

License Classes

Each liquor license class has its own eligibility requirements and its own license terms and conditions which are outlined in the Liquor Control Act and Liquor Licensing Regulations. Upon receiving your liquor license from NLC's Regulatory Services department you accept the legal responsibilities that come with it, including the responsibility to be familiar with the Act and Regulations, as well as the Smoke-free Environment Act.

Details regarding the documentation and approvals required for each class of license can be viewed below.

NOTE: Applications and licenses are subject to the License Fee Schedule, which can be found here.

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NLC allows clients to manage their license applications using our LACES system. Using the link below will launch another browser window.

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Licensee Handbook

NLC Licensee Handbook

Airport Establishment

Authorizes the licensee to sell, for consumption on the licensed premises to passengers of the airlines using the airport where the licensed premises are located, at all hours and on all days throughout the year, spirits by the glass and wine and beer by the glass or opened bottle.

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Bonded Warehouse

Authorizes the licensee to store liquor on his or her licensed premises, duty and tax free, until it is exported or consumed domestically.

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Brewer’s Agent

Authorizes the sale of local brewery products, approved by the NLC, in a convenience store.

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Brewer’s Distributor

Authorizes a person who has been recommended as a distributor by one or more brewers who are licensed under the Liquor Corporation Act, to sell beer approved by the NLC to the Corporation or to a person licensed by the Board.

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Club

A corporation, society or association of persons organized or carried on for purposes of a social, fraternal, athletic nature or as a military mess, but not for monetary gain, and includes the premises occupied or used for that purpose.

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Ferment-on-Premises (FOP)

A ferment-on-premises facility license authorizes the licensee to provide, for a fee, equipment, ingredients, instruction and storage to individuals for the making of wine or beer for personal consumption.

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Gift Basket

A gift basket license may be issued to the owner or operator of a retail store that is maintained, equipped and operated in a manner satisfactory to the board. A ‘retail store’ includes a grocery store, a gift shop, a florist shop, and another premises approved by the board.

A gift basket license authorizes the licensee to prepare and sell gift baskets which contain alcoholic liquor in addition to other products.

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Hotel/Motel

Hotel: an establishment in regular operation provided with the number of bedrooms, accommodation, facilities and equipment prescribed in the Liquor Licensing Regulations where, in consideration of payment, food and lodging are regularly provided to the public.

Motel: a roadside building containing three or more rental units under one roof with easy access to automobiles whether or not other rental units are operated in conjunction with it.

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Institute

A corporate body or organization instituted and organized for an educational, medical or similar purpose and includes the designated premises used for any of those purposes.

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Lounge

Part of a licensed hotel or motel, or premises not part of a licensed hotel or motel, provided with special accommodations, facilities or equipment prescribed in the regulations, where in consideration of payment, beer, wine or spirits are served.

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Military Mess

Includes a canteen or an institute in a building or camp used for the accommodation of the active or reserve units of the naval, military or air forces of Canada or of NATO forces stationed at Canadian forces stations and bases located in Newfoundland and Labrador, or a canteen or an institute in a building or camp used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

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Recreational Facility

Includes a facility that is, in the Board’s opinion, equipped, operated and maintained as:

  • an indoor stadium or indoor arena
  • a golf club
  • a ski resort
  • a curling club
  • a multi-purpose recreation center
  • a tennis club
  • an arts and culture centre
  • an outfitters’ facility
  • another facility that is, in the opinion of the Board, a recreational facility
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Restaurant

An establishment which is exclusively engaged in the serving of regular meals to the public in consideration of payment.

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Restaurant/Lounge

A Restaurant/Lounge License authorizes the licensee to sell to guests at meals, for consumption on the licensed premises, spirits by the glass and wine and beer by the glass or opened bottle during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A Restaurant/Lounge License also authorizes the licensee to sell to the public, for consumption on the licensed premises, spirits by the glass and wine and beer by the glass or opened bottle during the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (or 3:00 a.m. depending on the day of the week) with or without food.

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Tour Boat Operation

An operation by a seagoing vessel primarily for the recreation or education of the passengers and not for their conveyance from place to place.

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Tourist Home

A building, whether or not it is a private residence, which is provided with the number of bedrooms available for the accommodation of travelers, and the equipment and facilities prescribed in the Liquor Licensing Regulations and where, in consideration of payment, food and lodging is provided to guests.

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Transportation Service

A service provided primarily for the conveyance of passengers by railway, ship or aircraft.

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Manufacturer Licenses

A Manufacturer License may be issued to a Brewery, Distillery or Winery.

Brewery

A person or company licensed under the laws of Canada to produce beer.

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Distillery

Authorizes an establishment licensed under the laws of Canada to produce spirits.

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Winery

Authorizes an establishment licensed under the laws of Canada to produce wine by: the fermentation of the natural sugars contained in fruit, vegetable or vegetable products or honey, or the like; the importation of wine concentrate for blending; the importation of bulk wine for blending; and bottling and packaging wine for sale to the Corporation or to other provincial liquor authorities.

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Special Events License

Special Events

A Special Event License may be issued authorizing any charitable or non-profit organization raising funds for charitable purposes that does not hold a subsisting license issued by the board, to sell spirits, beers and wines at a function on the premises and on the date or dates to be prescribed in the license.

Please note that applications for Special Event Licenses must still be submitted in person or by mail.


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