Liquor and cannabis regulation

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) oversees liquor and non-medical cannabis regulations. These are the rules and laws that govern B.C.'s private retail sale of liquor and cannabis.

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The LCRB also supervises the regulation and licensing of establishments and events including

  • Restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Liquor manufacturers
  • Private liquor stores
  • Special events involving liquor
  • Private cannabis stores
  • Cannabis marketing

Bulletins

Effective January 5, 2023, policy directives are renamed Bulletins. Find out what's new at the LCRB.

Liquor licences and permits

Learn about liquor licences, including how to apply for or amend a licence, licensee terms and conditions and liquor law and policy.

Cannabis licences

Learn about cannabis licences and how to apply for or amend a licence, licensee terms and conditions and cannabis law and policy.


Resources and information

Find resources and information, including signs and posters, forms, rules for advertising and more.

Compliance and enforcement

The LCRB oversees compliance of all licensed private liquor and cannabis establishments, which includes conducting inspections. Learn how compliance and enforcement works.

Guides for local governments or Indigenous Nations 

The LCRB partners with local governments and Indigenous Nations. Learn more about the role of jurisdictional authorities in liquor and cannabis licensing.


About the LCRB

Learn more about the LCRB, and the role of the general manager. See contact information for questions and media requests. 

Liquor and cannabis law  and policy

Read about liquor law and policy and cannabis law and policy.