Ethyl Alcohol Purchase Permit
$30 application fee
1-2 weeks processing time
When is an Ethyl Alcohol Permit Required?
Ethyl alcohol purchase permits will continue to be available to:
- A person engaged in British Columbia in a mechanical or manufacturing business or scientific pursuit requiring the use of ethyl alcohol; and
- A person who proposes to use ethyl alcohol for a purpose that is not contrary to the public interest.
Wineries who wish to fortify their wines with ethyl alcohol require a “user licence” issued by Excise Duty and Taxes of Revenue Canada and do not require an additional permit from the branch.
A ethyl alcohol permit is not required for the following people or organizations:
- pharmacists, if the ethyl alcohol is for use solely in connection with their pharmacy business in compounding medicines or as a solvent or preservative, or for sale to physicians and hospitals as a sterilizing agent;
- dentists, medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, registrants of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, or veterinarians, if the ethyl alcohol is for use solely in connection with their practice;
- hospitals as defined in section 1 of the Hospital Act or licensed hospitals as defined in section 5 (1) of that Act, and the ethyl alcohol is for use only in the hospital;
- universities, for use for scientific purposes;
- branches, ministries, departments or institutions of the provincial or federal government;
- persons who hold a prescription for ethyl alcohol