As of Mar. 4, 2021, activities previously submitted through the OneStop Business Registry related to all licence types will no longer be accepted through OneStop. Instead, they must be submitted through the Liquor and cannabis licensing portal.
Food Primary licensees can
Food Primary licences are for establishments where the primary focus is the service of food such as:
Establishments without fully equipped kitchens are not eligible. This includes:
There is a $950 application and first-year licensing fee that is charged when we receive your application.
The annual renewal fee is calculated based on the amount of liquor you purchase.
Review the Food Primary Licence Terms and Conditions (PDF, 472KB) and guidelines for liquor advertising and promotion to understand the terms and conditions of your licence.
Submit documentation based on your business type.
The business types include:
A complete application includes a
You will need:
As part of the Personal History Summary, attach the following documents, if required:
To request liquor service beyond midnight or apply for Patron Participation Entertainment, include:
If your restaurant is at a winery, brewery or distillery, include:
An endorsement allows you to use your space for different purposes. You can add the following to your licence:
Once you've submitted a complete application, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) works with the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) to review your application.
If everything is in order, the branches offer an Approval in Principle.
They also send you the name and contact information of your local liquor inspector within 30 days of submitting a complete application.
When you are ready to open, contact your local liquor inspector for a final inspection.
If the inspection goes well, your food primary licence will be issued.