Liquor licences and permits
If you want to sell liquor in B.C., you need a liquor licence or permit.
Find information about liquor licences and permits, including how to apply or alter your licence and what certifications you need to work in the serving industry.
Apply or amend a liquor licence or permit
Liquor Primary licence
For businesses wanting to offer liquor as their primary focus or as an additional service to their patrons.
Food Primary licence
For restaurants, bistros, cafes and other businesses where their primary focus is food.
For businesses that promote, market and take wholesale orders for liquor products
UBrew and UVin licence
For business that allow customers to ferment-on-premises
Liquor Charitable Auction permit
For non-profits wanting to auction liquor at an event.
Liquor Special Event Permit
For event hosts wanting to offer liquor service at special events.
Non-beverage Alcohol Exemption
For people who sell, supply, purchase or use non-beverage alcohol products.
Rural Licensee Retail Store licence
For general stores to sell packaged liquor in rural communities and tourist destination resorts.
- Amend (change, relocate, renew, transfer)
- Rural Licensee Retail Store Terms and Conditions Handbook (PDF, 421.4KB)
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch is not accepting new applications for
Temporary Expanded Service Areas (TESAs), as well as:
Wine Store licence
Wine stores are separate retail stores that sell wine. There is an open-ended freeze on new wine stores and the government is not accepting new Wine Store licence applications.
Special Wine Store licence
A Special Wine Store licence allows for wine to be sold on selected shelves of a grocery store. There is an open-ended freeze on new wine stores and the government is not accepting new Special Wine Store licence applications.
Licensee Retail Store (LRS)
A Licensee Retail Store licence allows for liquor to be sold for private consumption. There is a freeze on new Licensee Retail Stores until July 1, 2032 and the government is not accepting new Licensee Retail Store licence applications.
Amend a liquor licence
Find out how to amend a liquor licence, including:
Liquor law and policy
Read about liquor law and policy, including licence