Liquor and cannabis regulation

Last updated on May 16, 2024

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

The LCRB regulates the licensing and permits for establishments and events including:

  • Restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Liquor manufacturers
  • Private liquor stores
  • Catering
  • Special event permits 
  • Private cannabis stores
  • Cannabis marketing


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

Liquor licences and permits

Apply for a liquor licence or change a licence, and find resources for liquor licensees. 

Apply for a Special Event Permit.

Serving It Right and Selling It Right

Get certified with mandatory training for responsible liquor service or cannabis sales: 

Visit Responsible Service BC to get a copy of your certificate. 

Inspections and enforcement

The LCRB oversees compliance of all licensed establishments by conducting inspections and taking enforcement action.

Learn more about: preventing contraventions, inspections, the enforcement process, and hearings,  including how to submit a complaint.

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, social responsibility, 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