Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch

The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has been renamed to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) to represent its new additional responsibility of licensing and monitoring the private retail sale of non-medical cannabis in British Columbia.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) regulates British Columbia's liquor industries and private retail non-medical cannabis industries. This includes:

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

We encourage voluntary compliance of all licensees.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch supervises over 10,000 licensed establishments and over 25,000 licensed events per year in the province of B.C.


Progressive liquor and cannabis laws for a modern B.C.


 Public safety

  • Promote safe establishments and safe communities
  • Minimize the health and social harms of liquor and cannabis
  • Take enforcement action where necessary

Public interest

  • Consider impacts for all stakeholders
  • Ensure modern liquor and cannabis laws/policy/tools to meet the needs of citizens
  • Help licensees succeed
  • Enable vibrant liquor and cannabis industries

Our Commitment:

We will:

  • Work collaboratively and transparently with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Communicate openly
  • Foster an environment of trust, respect and support
  • Accept responsibility for our actions
  • Seek solutions - strive to be more open, less risk averse, and more experimental in our approach
  • Adopt and apply innovative approaches to all of our work, and
  • Model the B.C. Public Service values: Integrity, Curiosity, Service, Passion, Teamwork, Accountability and Courage