Government of B.C.

Before you start

Be sure to read the submission instructions for the change you want to make.

Overview

As a Manufacturer licensee, you can apply to: 

Processing times for each change are approximate and may vary. 

Some changes require a fee.

Change

Find information for the type of change you want to make.

Apply to make a permanent change to your licence

All changes, including changes to hours of sale, and changes to establishment name (operating as name) can be completed online.

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.

All changes must be completed online:

  • Change in ownership of shares
  • Name change of licensee (legal entity name)
  • Amalgamation of the corporation, holding company or subsidiary
  • Change of directors/officers/senior managers
    • Note: Each new director/officer must submit a Personal History Summary form online and upload the required documents including a Criminal Record Check.
  • Addition of receiver or executor

Apply online

Make temporary changes

Apply online for temporary changes to your licence including: 

  • Temporary change to hours of sale
  • Temporary extension of licensed area
  • Temporary suspension of licence endorsement to hold a Special Event Permit

Apply online

Add an on-site store endorsement

An on-site store endorsement allows you to stock and sell liquor you manufacture directly to the public. The on-site store also permits you to sell liquor online and at eligible artisan, annual, and farmers' markets.  

Please note there is a fee to renew this endorsement annually. 

Application fee: $110

Apply online

Add or change a picnic area endorsement

A picnic area endorsement permits patrons to bring liquor from other service areas outside to consume (there is no liquor sale or service in the picnic area). The hours of a picnic area are between 9 a.m. and no later than 1/2 hour after sunset. Food can be available though it’s not required. 

Make your outdoor TESA for sampling permanent

Manufacturers with a Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA) for sampling outdoors can apply for a picnic area endorsement to make their TESA permanent. This option is suitable for manufacturers who do not want a lounge patio with mandatory food service.

Make your picnic TESA permanent

Manufacturers with a TESA that expands their existing picnic area endorsement can apply to change an approved picnic area to make their TESA permanent.

Fee

There is no fee to apply for a picnic area endorsement or to change an approved picnic area. 

Apply online

Add a lounge or special event area endorsement

A lounge or special event area endorsement permits you to serve liquor by the glass and bottle for onsite consumption with food at your establishment.  A lounge or special event area removes daily sample limits. Food must be available to patrons. Hours of liquor service may be between 9 a.m. and 4 a.m. the next day.

Make your outdoor TESA for sampling permanent

Manufacturers who do not have a lounge endorsement and are serving samples outdoors using a Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA), can apply for a lounge endorsement to make their outdoor sampling area permanent.

To allow patrons to consume samples outdoors without a lounge, please see above for picnic area endorsement information. 

Local government or Indigenous Nation approval

This application requires public consultation and sign-off from your local government or Indigenous Nation.

  • This step is not required if you are applying for this endorsement on a second manufacturing licence located at the same site

Not all TESAs are 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.

Fee

Lounge application fee: $330

Special event area application fee: $110

Please note, there is a fee to renew these endorsements annually. 

Apply online

Add a new outdoor patio

Manufacturers that already have a lounge or special event area endorsement can apply for a new outdoor patio at their establishment. Do not select this application if your licence does not have a lounge and special event area endorsement. 

Make your outdoor TESA patio permanent

Manufacturers with a lounge or special event area endorsement who are operating an outdoor patio as a Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA), can apply for a new outdoor patio to make their TESA permanent. Apply for a structural change if the TESA is located indoors, see below. 

Local government or Indigenous Nation approval

This application requires public consultation and local government or Indigenous Nation sign-off.

Note: 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.

Fee

Patio application fee: $440

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
  • The sampling or service area

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 current indoor Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA) permanent.

Application fee: $440

Apply online

Submit an off-site liquor storage notification

Manufacturers may store liquor at a secure offsite storage area that is registered with the Branch. Offsite storage areas must be located in British Columbia and cannot be located in a residence. Liquor inspectors must be permitted access to the storage area. 

Manufacturers may submit an off-site liquor storage notification in the liquor and cannabis licensing portal. 

Submit online

Add or change a tied house exemption

Inducement restrictions do not apply to a licensee and manufacturer with an approved tied house exemption. Manufacturers can apply to add or change a tied house exemption online in the liquor and cannabis licensing portal. 

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.

Submit 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 licence types 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

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