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Apply for an NWT Liquor Licence

How do I apply for an NWT Liquor Licence?

To apply for a liquor licence in the NWT, you must submit the appropriate application to the NWT Liquor Licencing Board. If you have questions or concerns about the application process contact the NWT Liquor Licensing Board.

What are the different kinds of NWT Liquor Licences?

There are four classes of liquor licences in the NWT. Please read the following information to ensure that you apply for the proper licence.

A Class A Licence allows a Licence Holder to sell patrons liquor in a bar or similar business. The business must generate revenue primarily from the sale and service of liquor.

For more information about Class A licences, please refer to:

A Class B Licence allows a Licence Holder to sell patrons liquor in a restaurant or similar business. The business must generate revenue primarily from the sale and service of meals.

For more information about Class B licences, please refer to

A Class C Licence allows a Licence Holder to sell and serve liquor under one of three circumstances:

  1. Catering – where someone other than the licence holder at various locations host events, and the licence holder’s primary source of revenue is from catering food;
  2. Ship – where the licence holder operates a ship that generates revenue primarily from the sale and service of food, entertainment or services related to tourism; or
  3. Special Events – where the licence holder organizes special events from time to time and revenue is primarily generated from the sale and service of entertainment.

For more information about Class C licences, please refer to

A Class D licence allows a Licence Holder to sell and serve liquor under one of four circumstances:

  1. Canteen – The licence holder is an authorized organization operating a canteen for its authorized patrons. An authorized organization includes a division of the military, RCMP, and a fire department;
  2. B & B, Lodge – The licence holder operates a bed & breakfast or a remote lodge and the sell or use of liquor is for its authorized patrons;
  3. Community, Recreational, Cultural Activities – the licence holder operates a facility that provides benevolent, philanthropic, charitable, religious, scientific, artistic, musical, literary, social, educational, recreational, sporting or other like activities, and the sell or use of liquor is for its authorized patrons; or
  4. Tourist Facility – The licence holder operates a tourist facility without a licensed premises but may have a mini-bar extension.

For more information about Class D licences, please refer to: