Licence Transfer

When a business changes ownership, the liquor license must be transferred. The new owner must submit the following forms and documents. The completed package must be submitted to branch headquarters with the application fee.  Each application identifies the fee and time frame for the requested change.  The process will take about 1-2 months once we have received all the required paperwork:

When the branch informs the parties that a complete licence transfer application has been received, the new owner (buyer) of the business can operate the establishment. The new owner is responsible for any contraventions that occur during the licence transfer process. If the licence transfer is approved by the branch, the new owner becomes the licensee. The current licensee (seller) should make sure the new owner knows when the licence expires (see Renewing a Licence for information about renewals).  If applicable, the current licensee must also give the new owner all records of liquor bought from the Liquor Distribution Branch that is in stock at the time of the sale.