Licensee Retail Store
There is a government-imposed moratorium (freeze) on new licensee retail stores and new applications are not being accepted. The moratorium is in effect until July 1, 2032. There is no wait list.
The only exception is for current wine store licensees who want to convert their licence.
A Licensee Retails Store (LRS) can sell liquor for private consumption. A LRS is sometimes called a private liquor store or a cold beer and wine store.
- A full range of spirits
On this page
Current retail store licensees can submit applications for change jobs and renewals through the liquor and cannabis licencing portal.
For more information, visit online liquor licensing.
If you are a LRS licensee, you can apply for an extra endorsement that lets you sell your products at a tasting-focused food and beverage festival. With this endorsement, you can set up a temporary store at the event.
The festival must be licensed under a special event permit (SEP) and must invite you to attend. Before each event, you must get an event-specific authorization to set up the temporary store.
To apply for a temporary off-site sale endorsement
- Permanent Change to Licence (PDF, 889KB)
- The type of change to request is: Temporary off-site sale endorsement (p.4)
To apply for an event-specific authorization
Send applications by
- Mail: PO Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9J8
- Fax: 250 952-7066
If you are an independent wine store licensee, you can convert your licence to an LRS. The application deadline is 4:30 pm on Monday, 31 March, 2025.