LP licensees can
Check eligibility of your business to apply for a liquor licence with your local government or Indigenous Nation.
You must have a Business BCeID to access the online licensing portal
Any business may apply for a Liquor Primary licence except for businesses
You need to apply for a Liquor Primary licence to
You can apply for a Liquor Primary club licence if
Please review the Liquor Primary Licence Terms and Conditions (PDF, 526KB) and guidelines for liquor advertising and promotion to understand the terms and conditions of your licence.
Check requirements for the application and fees, including
Start early and understand the process. Depending on your local government or Indigenous Nation's requirements, this step can add processing time.
The applicant needs to submit documents based on their business type:
The business types include:
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Your Letter of Intent is your chance to customize your licence. Find detailed instructions of writing your letter in the Liquor Primary Application Guide (PDF, 379KB)
You can request the following options in your letter of intent:
Your application must include
You will need
As part of the Personal History Summary, attach the following documents, if required:
The local government or Indigenous Nation you identified in your online application will be notified to review your application once you have completed your portion and submitted it online.
The local government or Indigenous Nation will review the application through the liquor and cannabis licensing portal and complete their portion of the licensing process.
You will receive an email notification to log into the liquor and cannabis licensing portal once this process is complete.
This step may not be required for all.
If your local government or Indigenous Nation provides comment, they will arrange consultation with the community.
If not, you must post site signs and ads in the newspaper for 30 days to invite community comments. Responses will be accepted for one week. You will have to address any concerns with your local government or Indigenous Nation and/or the LCRB.
This process will take approximately 45 days.
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) reviews your application. If everything is in order they offer an Approval in Principle.
When you are ready to open, contact your local liquor inspector to schedule a final inspection.
If the inspection goes well, you may pay a prorated annual licence fee, and your Liquor Primary licence will be issued.
Contact the client support team.