Find types of liquor licences

Identify what type of liquor licence you are applying for when you fill out your application.

Food primary licence

  • Food must be prepared and served on the premises.
  • Food and a food menu may be available to your customers.
  • Liquor can't be served unless you are open for foodservice and offer a varied selection of food items, including appetizers and main courses, or equivalent.
  • A food primary licensed premises can allow customers to bring in a bottle of wine that they did not purchase from the licensee if:
    • The wine has been commercially produced and bottled; and
    • The manufacturer’s seal on the bottle is not broken or removed.
  • An additional annual fee for the licence depends on the type of liquor being sold and seating capacity. This ranges from $110 to $630.

Liquor primary licence

  • The primary purpose of the business is serving liquor to customers for consumption on the premises.
  • Maximum hours of operation are 14 continuous hours between 9 a.m. and 2 a.m.
  • Minors (under 19) are not allowed as customers or staff. Minors are allowed to enter the premises for limited work purposes like delivering food or performing as an entertainer.
  • Food must be available to your customers.
  • An additional annual fee for the licence depends on seating capacity but ranges from $400 to $600.

Dual

  • Allows a food primary premises to convert into a liquor primary premises later in the day.
  • A separate licence is required for each type of licence.

Canteen – beer

  • Allows the sale of beer by:
    • An officer commanding a unit of the Canadian Forces, active or reserve, in Yukon;
    • a mining, construction, or other corporation; or
    • a department of the Government of Canada or the Government of the Yukon.
  • There is an additional annual fee of $40 for this licence.

Club

  • Allows liquor to be sold to club members and their registered guests.
  • Maximum hours of operation: 14 continuous hours ending before 2 a.m.
  • A Club licence can be for all kinds of liquor, or beer and wine only.
  • An additional annual fee for the licence depends on the seating capacity but ranges from $320 to $530.

Liquor manufacturer

  • Allows beer, wine or spirits including liqueurs to be manufactured.
  • A separate licence is required for each category of liquor product manufactured.
  • An additional annual fee of $200 for the licence.
  • See Liquor Manufacturing for more details.

Liquor manufacturer retail

  • Allows beer, wine or spirits including liqueurs manufactured by the licensee to be sold to the public.
  • A separate licence is required for each category of liquor product manufactured.
  • An additional annual fee depends on the type of product being manufactured but is around $150.
  • See Liquor Manufacturing for more details.

Mess – liquor

  • Allows liquor to be sold by a unit of the Canadian Forces, active or reserve.

Off-premises or 'off-sales'

  • Allows liquor to be sold to the public for consumption off-premises.
  • An off-premises licence is always attached to another underlying licence. For example, liquor primary.
  • An additional annual fee of $150 for the licence.

Recreation facility

  • Allows liquor to be sold to members and their guests participating in recreational activities.
  • An additional annual fee for the licence depends on the seating capacity and ranges from $320 to $530.

Room service

  • Allows liquor to be sold to bona fide guest(s) in their room during the hours approved by the Yukon Liquor Board.
  • An additional annual fee of $15 for the licence.

RV park

  • Allows beer or wine to be sold to bona fide overnight guest(s).
  • May only be issued if the primary purpose of the business is the operation of an RV park.
  • An additional annual fee of $150 for the licence.

Special

  • A special licence can be granted by the board when the business activity does not fall into any of the other licence categories. Examples include banquet rooms and wilderness lodges.
  • See the Yukon Liquor Board policy manual for more information.
  • An additional annual fee for the licence depends on the seating capacity but ranges from $320 to $530.

Sports stadium

  • Allows beer and cider to be sold by a non-profit organization operating a sports stadium.
  • An additional annual fee of $450 for the licence.

Train, ship or aircraft

  • Allows liquor to be sold on a train, ship or aircraft while transporting passengers from one point to another.
  • An additional annual fee of $150 for the licence.
Contact: 

For questions about determining what type of liquor licence you need to apply for email yukon.liquor@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5245 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext 5245.