Liquor licences in the Province of Alberta are not transferable upon the sale of a business, as in some other provinces. This means when you purchase a licenced establishment, you must submit an application for a new licence and be approved. Take your time and make sure that you fill out the paperwork properly, if you have any questions, make sure that you ask. If you submit your paperwork filled out incorrectly it will increase your approval time substantially.
Anyone listed on the company which owns the business must be able to pass a criminal background check, which will be ordered by The City of Calgary as part of your Business Licence Application process. The Vetting process for a venue which has VLT's is much more stringent than for a regular liquor licence.
A word of advice with regard to this part of the process, if you have any issues which you think might send up a red flag, bring it up immediately. It is our experience that you will achieve a better result if you are upfront with the situation, as opposed to trying to mislead the vetting process. We have had people with criminal convictions approved before, sometimes what you think is a bad situation is not always what it seems!
We have a good relationship with the people at the AGLC and are able to assist you with making your application. Take some time to review the website link below for more in-depth information on the AGLC and their policies and procedures.
AGLC – Liquor Licence Application - Applying for a Liquor Licence
Every Licensee should have a copy of the Liquor Licensee Handbook on site, and make sure that you have taken the time to become familiar with the rules and regulations regarding the service of alcohol. You will occasionally receive updates from the AGLC which should be put in the manual so that staff always have access to the most current policies and procedures.
AGLC – Liquor Licensee Handbook
ProServe is Alberta's responsible liquor service and sales program. It's designed to help ensure that liquor is sold and served according to law and AGLC policies, and in a way that keeps customers, guests and others safe from alcohol-related harms.