Government of B.C.

Before you start

Each licence change has either a manual or online submission process. Be sure to read the submission instructions for the change you want to make.

You must have a Business BCeID to access the online licensing portal

Overview

As a Liquor Primary licensee, you can

  • Apply to make a permanent change to your licence
  • Notify us of a permanent change to a licensee
  • Apply for permanent change (hawkers)
  • Apply to allow minors
  • Temporary use area
  • Make temporary changes to a Liquor Primary licence
  • Apply to make a structural change
  • Add or change a tied house exemption
  • Temporarily suspend a Liquor Primary licence for a special event
  • Add or change a third party operator
  • Submit a dormancy notification

Processing times for each change are approximate and may vary.

Some changes require a fee.

Change

You'll need to fill out the correct form for the type of change you want to make. Be sure to check if the change requires a manual or online submission process.

Apply to make a permanent change to your licence

Apply to

  • Change establishment or business name (operating as name)
  • Add a Patron participation entertainment
  • Request a change in the terms and conditions
  • Add liquor service at films/broadcasts
  • Change hours of sale
  • Get a Catering endorsement

Apply online

Apply to make a permanent change to a licensee

You must apply for the LCRB's approval within 10 days of making the changes listed below.

  • Changes in ownership of shares
  • Amalgamation of the corporation, holding company or subsidiary
  • Change of directors/officers/senior managers
    • Each new director/officer must submit a Personal History Summary and required documents including a Criminal Record Check.
  • Licensee name changes (legal entity name)

Apply online

Make temporary changes

Apply for temporary changes to your liquor primary licence (e.g. temporary change of hours, patron participation or temporary extension of licensed area)

Apply online

Apply for permanent change (hawkers)

Apply to allow mobile liquor vendors (hawkers) in stadiums or to change an existing term and condition relating to hawkers in a stadium.

Apply online

Apply to allow minors

Apply to permit minors in your recreational facility or to obtain a ​Family Food Service term and condition.

Apply online

Apply for a temporary use area

Licensees who operate ski hills or golf courses may apply for an endorsement to extend their licensed activities to outdoor areas on their property up to 26 times a year.

The application fee is $330.

Apply online

Make a structural change or indoor TESA permanent

A structural change application is required to change your interior service area. This includes a change to:

  • Add, remove, or reconfigure space
  • The floor plan 
  • The occupant load 

See pages 136-137 of the Liquor Policy Manual for examples.

Cosmetic changes don't require an application (i.e. changing the flooring, paint, countertops, and rearranging moveable furniture).

Apply for a structural change to make your indoor Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA) permanent. 

 

Apply online

Add a patio or make an outdoor TESA permanent

Liquor Primary licensees can apply to add an outdoor patio to their establishment. 

Apply for a new outdoor patio to make your outdoor Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA) permanent. 

Note: Not all TESA authorizations will be viable permanent patios. Before you apply and pay the fee, it is your responsibility to work with your local government and authorities to make sure the TESA complies with all local permits, bylaws and requirements.

Application fee is $440. 

Apply Online

Add or change a tied house exemption

Use this form to apply for, or change an existing, tied house exemption with a small volume manufacturer.

Application form

To submit, refer to instructions for manual submissions.

Temporarily suspend Liquor Primary licence (for special event)

This application allows you to use your liquor primary establishment to allow for a special event under a special event permit.

That means you are requesting a temporary suspension of your licence, often in conjunction with the use of a special event permit (this must be applied for separately)

Apply online

Add or change a third party operator

A third-party operator is an individual, partnership or corporate entity hired by a licensee to manage their establishment. The licensee remains accountable for the overall operation of the licensed establishment.

Liquor Primary Club licensees are not eligible to apply for a third-party operator.

Apply online

Dormancy notification

Notify us within 10 days of the closure or as soon as you become aware that the closure will be longer than 90 days.

You can find more information in the Dormancy Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 265 KB).

Download the Dormancy Notification Form (PDF, 901 KB)

To submit, refer to instructions for manual submissions.

Manual submissions

For applications with manual submission requirements, you can submit your application by

Scan and email

  • If you submit by email and want to pay by credit card, call 1-866-209-2111 to make your payment

Print and mail to

  • Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch
    PO Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J8

Fax your completed application to 250-952-7066

  • If you submit by email and want to pay by credit card, call 1-866-209-2111 to make your payment

In person or courier

  • 400-645 Tyee Road
    Victoria, B.C. V9A 6X5

Contact

Contact our client support team

In Victoria Office:

In Canada Toll Free:

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