Government of New Brunswick


Liquor licences are required by persons who want to sell or manufacture liquor products in New Brunswick.


A liquor licence is required by any person who wants to sell liquor in a public place or who wants to manufacture alcoholic beverages.


All liquor permit applicants must be 19 years of age or older.

A special permit is required for the use of liquor by a pharmacist, dentist, veterinary or medical practitioner, a person engaged in a mechanical or manufacturing business or in scentific pursuits.

A special occasion permit (no sale) is required for the giving of liquor at a one-day event (i.e wedding, family reunion, milestone birthday).

A special occasion permit (resale) is required for the selling of liquor at one-day events such as weddings, family reunions, milestone birthdays, etc.

The Liquor Control Act is administered by the Department of Public Safety.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
2009 PS Special occasion permit.pdf,


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Special Occasion (no sale) Permit30.002009-04-01
Special Occasion (resale) Permit 65.002009-04-01