Manufacturer

Winery: $550 application fee + first year licensing fee (prorated up to $550)
Brewery: $550 application fee + first year licensing fee (prorated up to $1100)
Distillery: $550 application fee + first year licensing fee (prorated up to $1100)

4-6 month processing time (manufacturer licence and on-site store endorsement)
Wine barrel, bottle of wine, and grapes with a vineyard in the background

Any business making wine, cider, beer (this includes brew pubs), or spirits must have a winery, brewery, or distillery licence from the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.  With a winery, brewery, or distillery licence you may:

  • have a dedicated sampling area to provide samples to the public 
  • provide guided tours to patrons and serve them samples on the tour, and 
  • apply for one on-site retail store at your winery, brewery or distillery   

The licence fee for the first year for a winery, brewery, or distillery licence is prorated (the amount you pay depends on how many months remain from the time your licence is issued until March 31).  The annual renewal fee for a distillery is $1,100.  The annual renewal fee for breweries (minimum $1,100) and wineries (minimum $550) is based on the amount of liquor produced or shipped each calendar year.  The addition of endorsements will increase the renewal fee of any manufacturing licence.  You may also add on the endorsements listed below onto your licence for an additional cost.

Lounge

A lounge is an indoor or patio area where customers can purchase and consume product made on-site and a limited amount of products purchased from the Liquor Distribution Branch.  This endorsement is subject to local government/First Nation consultation and requires an additional 7-12 months to process.  You may operate your manufacturing site (once the licence is issued) while this endorsement application is ongoing.

Special Event Area

Special event areas are indoor or outdoor on-site areas where patrons can purchase and consume liquor during special events such as weddings – they are event driven and not an extension or alternative to a lounge.  This endorsement is subject to local government/First Nation consultation and requires an additional 7-12 months to process.  You may operate your manufacturing site (once the licence is issued) while this endorsement application is ongoing.

Picnic Area

In a picnic area, liquor is restricted to that served or sold from the on-site store or other endorsements (if applicable).  This endorsement will require local government/First Nation sign-off and requires 1-4 months to process. 

 

Please note:  
If you are applying to open a brewery, distillery, or winery, you will also need a Federal Excise Tax licence and tax number (in the same name as the one you supply on your liquor licence application). We recommend you apply for this licence early to avoid unnecessary delays. Please see the Canada Revenue Agency web site for more information.

You must also contact the Liquor Distribution Branch to ensure you meet their requirements, as they are responsible for the sale and distribution of all liquor in B.C.

For more information, please contact the Licensing Helpdesk at 250-952-7049 or Toll Free at 1-866-209-2111.