Policies, guidelines, & applications

Our Policies

By having a liquor license and an Alcohol Policy, the University of Toronto takes on certain responsibilities, among which are:

  • A requirement that all alcohol served be purchased through the licensee; in the case of the St. George campus, this is the Beverage Services department.
  • A requirement that events where alcohol is served meet applicable criteria, such as: control of occupancy, acceptable physical conditions (e.g., sufficient exit capacity, lack of trip hazards), availability of non-alcoholic beverages and food, where applicable.
  • A requirement that controls be in place to ensure that persons not legally entitled to consume alcohol (intoxicated persons, or persons under the age of 19) do not do so.

Failure to comply with the Liquor License Act can result in penalties, including substantial fines and the suspension or revocation of liquor license privileges, not just for the department or faculty that contravenes the Act, but for the whole campus.

*University of Toronto St. George campus Alcohol Policies are currently under review.

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Important note

Food Requirements for Licensing

The University of Toronto Alcohol Policy event organizers must ensure that light meals are available in the licensed establishment [area] at all times during which the service of alcohol is available:

  • Acceptable “light meal” menus will usually, but not always, include five main selections and four snack/side dishes. 
  • The menu should offer a reasonable variety of meals, either as single order or by combining orders, (e.g. Sandwiches with soup and /or salad).”  A combination of 2-3 options such as sandwiches, fruit and veggie platters, hot and cold appetizers, cheese or deli plates or desserts all constitute acceptable food options.
  • Should an event run out of food while the service of alcohol is still available, organizers will be given a 15 minute window in which to bring out more food otherwise, the bar must be closed.

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Applications and guidelines

If you are hosting an event on campus, please read the St. George Campus Safe Food Handling Guidelines. From there, you can find a form below and submit an application for your event.