Renew a liquor licence

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Each year, you must renew your liquor licence and pay a licence fee. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) sends you a renewal notice 60 days before your liquor licence expires. This includes how much you owe and the due date.

You can renew your licence from 60 days before the expiry date to 30 days after the expiry date. Late fees apply for any liquor licence renewed after the expiry date.

Before you start

You'll need:

  • Your BCeID username and password, if you're registered
  • Renewal notice
    • This was either emailed or mailed to you

To renew your liquor licence

Each license type has a different process. Check which is the right process for your licence type.

Online

With the liquor and cannabis licensing portal

This process is for the following licence types:

  • Catering
  • Manufacturer
  • UBew/UVin
  • Wine store/special wine store
  • Licensee retail store
  • Rural licensee retail store
  • Food primary
  • Liquor primary
  • Agent

Instructions

Renew your licence


Renewal fee calculations

Food Primary, Liquor Primary, Licensee Retail Store, Rural Licensee Retail Store, Wine Stores, Special Wine Stores, Catering licences

Renewal fees are calculated based on the amount of liquor the licensee has bought from the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) *unless otherwise noted for a specific licence type

  • In the 12-month period that ends six months before the expiry of the licence
LDB purchases Licence fee
$12,500 or less $ 250
Over $ 12,500 and up to $ 20,000 $ 500
Over $ 20,000 and up to $ 45,000 $ 825
Over $ 45,000 and up to $100,000 $1,100
Over $100,000 and up to $500,000 $1,400
Over $500,000 and up to $1,000,000 $1,700
Over $1,000,001 and up to $2,000,000 $2,000
Over $2,000,000 $2,200

 

Manufacturer licences

Wineries

If you produce less than 135,000 litres,

  • Renewal fee is $550 per year

If you produce more than 135,000 litres, 

  • Renewal fee is $1,100 per year

Breweries

If production is less than 9,167 hectolitres, 

  • Renewal fee is $1,100 per year

If production is more than 9,167 hectolitres,

  • Annual renewal fee is calculated at 12 cents per hectolitre produced

Distilleries

Renewal fee is $1,100 per year

UBrew and UVin licences

Renewal fee is $750 per year

  • The addition of endorsements on a licence may increase your renewal fee

Renewal signatures

An authorized signatory of the licensee must complete and sign a licence renewal. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) relies on the licensee/applicant to ensure that the individual who signs the form is authorized to do so.  Typically, an authorized signatory will be as follows:

  • If the licensee is a sole proprietor, the individual themselves
  • If the licensee is a corporation, a duly authorized signatory who will usually be an officer or, in some cases, a director
  • If the licensee is a general partnership, one of the partners
  • If the licensee is a limited partnership, the general partner of the partnership
  • If the licensee is a society, a director or a senior manager (as defined in the Societies Act)

Late renewal process

30-Day late period

You can still renew your B.C. liquor licence up to 30 days after it has expired. Submit the completed renewal application form with your renewal fee and pay a $200 late fee.

  • Agent licences pay a $50 late fee

Reinstatement period

If the 30-day late renewal period has passed, your licence can be reinstated up to 12 months from expiry. 

To reinstate your licence (Except Agent)

  • You will have to pay your renewal fee and a $550 reinstatement fee

Reinstate your licence


To reinstate an Agent licence

  • You will have to pay your $200 renewal fee and a $50 late fee

Reinstate your licence