There are 18 liquor licence types available in Newfoundland and Labrador. Licensing is regulated by the Newfound and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC). Each class if liquor licence has its own eligibility requirements, along with its own terms and conditions outlined in the Liquor Control Act and Liquor Licensing Regulations. The licence types available are:
1. Airport Establishment liquor licence – Authorizes the sale, for consumption on licensed premises, to passengers of the airlines using the airport where the licensed premises is located, at all hours, on all days throughout the year. Allows the sale of spirits by the glass, wine and beer by the glass or from an opened bottle.
2. Bonded Warehouse liquor licence – Authorizes the storage of liquor on the licensed premises (duty and tax free), until exported or domestically consumed.
3. Brewer’s Agent liquor licence – Authorizes the sale of local brewery products (approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation) in a convenience store.
4. Brewer’s Distributor liquor licence – Authorization of a person to sell beer approved by the NLC to the Corporation or to a person licensed by the Board. The authorized person must be recommended as a distributor by one or more brewers licensed under the Liquor Corporation Act.
5. Club liquor licence – Licensing is required for a non-profit corporation, society or association of persons organized or carried on for social, fraternal, or athletic natures, or as a military mess. This includes the premises occupied or used for these purposes.
6. Delivery Service liquor licence – Authorizes licensees or employees of licensees to deliver liquor to persons who purchase the liquor with a meal prepared by the licensed establishment.
7. Ferment-on-Premises (FOP) liquor licence – Authorizes the sale of equipment, ingredients, instruction and storage to individuals for making wine or beer for personal consumption.
8. Gift Basket liquor licence – This licence can be issued to the owner or operator of a small retail store (must be maintained, equipped and operated in accordance with the liquor board). Stores can include grocery stores, gift shops, florist shops, and other locations if approved by the board. Gift Basket liquor licences allow the preparation and sale of gift baskets containing alcoholic liquor, along with other products.
9. Hotel/Motel liquor licence – Allows the sale of liquor in hotels and motels. Establishments under this licence must meet requirements found in the Liquor Licensing Regulations.
10. Institute liquor licence – Corporate bodies or organization instituted and organized for an educational, medical or similar purpose
11. Lounge liquor licence – Part of a licensed hotel or motel, or premises not part of a hotel or motel. Must have special accommodations, facilities or equipment in accordance with the Liquor Licensing Regulations.
12. Military Mess liquor licence – Canteens or institutes in a building or camp used for accommodation of active or reserve units of the Canadian Forces or NATO Forces. Also includes canteen or an institute in a building or camp used by the RCMP or Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
13. Recreational Facility liquor licence – Includes facilities (in the Board’s opinion) that are equipped, operated and maintained as an indoor stadium/arena, a golf club, ski resort, curling club, multi-purpose rec centre, tennis club, an arts & culture centre, outfitters’ facility, or another facility that, in the Board’s opinion, is a recreational facility.
14. Restaurant liquor licence – Establishments that are exclusively engaged in the serving of meals to the public are required to have this licence to serve alcoholic beverages.
15. Restaurant/Lounge liquor licence – Authorizes the sale of spirits, wine and beer to guests at meals during the hours of 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM. Establishments with this licence type can also sell spirits, wine and beer to guests (not required to be at meals) during the hours of 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM.
16. Tour Boat Operation liquor licence – Authorizes the sale of liquor on seagoing vessels operating primarily for the recreation or education of the passengers and not for conveyance from place to place.
17. Tourist Home liquor licence – Required for buildings (private or public), which provides a number a bedrooms available for traveller accommodation. Food and lodging must be sold to guests to be eligible for this licence type.
18. Transportation Service liquor licence – Allows the sale of liquor for establishments providing a service functioning primarily for the conveyance of passengers by railway, ship or aircraft.
Manufacturer licence types include licences for breweries (to produce beer), distilleries (to produce spirits) and wineries (to produce wines).