Government of B.C.

Before you start

You will need:

Apply for this licence early to avoid unnecessary delays.

Overview

A manufacturer licence allows you to make wine, beer, cider and spirits. You can also:

  • Have a dedicated sampling area for the public 
  • Provide guided tours to patrons and serve them samples on the tour
  • Apply for an on-site retail store at your winery, brewery or distillery 

You can customize your licence by adding endorsements (i.e. additional permissions to your licence) for an extra fee. Endorsements will increase the renewal fee of your manufacturing licence.

Fees:

Winery: $550 + first year licensing fee (prorated up to $550)

Brewery: $550 + first year licensing fee (prorated up to $1100)

Distillery: $550 + first year licensing fee (prorated up to $1100)

The fees are prorated. The amount you pay depends on

  • How many months remain from the time your licence is issued until March 31

Terms and conditions

Review the Manufacturer Licence Terms and Conditions and guidelines for liquor advertising and promotion to understand the terms and conditions of your licence.

Apply

1

Check requirements for your business type

Depending on your business classification, you'll need to submit different documentation.

The business types include:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Private corporation
  • Partnership
  • Public corporation
  • Society or non-profit corporation
  • Other applicant types

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Gather necessary documents

  • Floor plan with
    • On-site store and sampling area
    • Entrances, stairs
    • Equipment
  • Site map with
    • Buildings and their uses
    • Other liquor licenses and businesses operating at the same site
    • Vineyards, orchards, crops, bee hives
    • Roads and parking areas
  • Proposed sign (name and logo)

3

Customize your licence

An endorsement allows you to use your space for different purposes. You can add the following to your licence:

  • On-Site store
  • Lounge
  • Special event Area
  • Picnic area
  • Liquor Sales at Artisan, Farmers and Annual Markets

The first three endorsements need to be approved by your local government or Indigenous Nation office. This will mean longer processing times.

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Complete online application

Your application must include:

  • Required business documents
  • Personal History Summary forms
  • One scaled floor plans
  • Proposed signage
  • Site plan
  • Payment

You must include a Personal History Summary as part of your application package.

As part of the Personal History Summary, attach the following documents, if required:

You must apply through the liquor and cannabis licensing portal.

Apply online

5

Get Approval in Principle (AIP) and a sales agreement

The LCRB will review your application and, if eligible, issue Approval in Principle.

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will also be notified of the AIP and will then work with you to set up a sales agreement.

6

Arrange a final inspection

When your construction is complete, your equipment is in place and you are ready to begin manufacturing, contact your local Liquor Inspector for a final inspection. At this stage in your application, you must have a Federal Excise Tax Licence prior to the final inspection.

If the inspection goes well, you may pay a (prorated) annual licence fee, and your manufacturer licence will be issued with an expiry date of March 31.

Amend your licence

If you already have a licence and want to make changes, find out how to .

Contact

Contact the client support team.

In Victoria Office:

In Canada Toll Free:

Liquor licences: