Non-beverage alcohol is a substance that has liquor combined with other ingredients. The other ingredients make the liquid not suitable to drink as a beverage. Non-beverage alcohol is considered to be 'denatured'.
You don't need a licence or permit to sell, supply, buy or use non-beverage alcohol, but you need to apply for an exemption.
Products denatured using salt must contain a minimum of 1.5% salt per 100g to be eligible for exemption.
There is no fee for this exemption.
A non-beverage alcohol exemption is for people who sell, supply, purchase or use non-beverage alcohol products such as:
Most non-drinkable (non-potable) medicinal products, un-salted culinary products and toiletries are automatically exempt. If you are not sure if your product needs an exemption, submit the required documents to the LCRB and someone will contact you.
If you are a manufacturer or importer, you are still responsible to make sure you have all other approvals, permissions, licences or similar requirements by other authorities.
For an exemption for a specific non-beverage alcohol product, you need
If you do not need to send samples
If you do need to send samples
The sale or distribution of rice and cooking alcohol is specifically prohibited due to a history of illegal sale and consumption. This includes cooking wine made from rice alcohol and with an alcohol content of 10% or greater.
Only B.C. government liquor stores can sell rice alcohol.
The exception to this rule is for large-volume commercial sales in containers of 10 L or more
Before importing or distributing cooking alcohol, you must apply to the LCRB.
Complete the application forms
Send the forms to LCRB by
The LCRB will contact you to follow up.