Liquor licensee resources and information
On this page:
- Information for RLRS licensees
- Liquor licensee videos: operating your place of business
- Criminal record checks
- Licensee information in different languages
- Other agency liquor laws
- Read the latest policy announcements
- Read about requirements for liquor advertising and online promotions
- Licensees and workers can learn how to apply for certification in Serving it Right and Special Event Server
- Liquor licensees can download and print signs and posters
- Find the liquor licensee forms you need
- Download lists of all licensed liquor establishments in B.C.
As of February 26, 2021, existing Rural Agency Store (RAS) authorizations under the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will terminate. RLRS licensees will no longer be allowed to suggest any affiliation with BC Liquor Stores and the LDB at their store and online.
LDB signage can be removed and destroyed on site, then recycled as per local regulations. You must send a picture of the destroyed signage to the LDB Facilities department: Vince.Ditomaso@bcldb.com
Anyone who applies for a liquor licence in B.C. must get a criminal record check. A criminal record check shows whether you have been charged with and/or convicted of a criminal offence.
If you have a criminal record, the LCRB looks at the circumstances of your individual case before deciding whether to continue with the liquor licence application process.
You can get a criminal record check from your local RCMP detachment or police department.
If you have applied for a liquor licence and had a criminal record check done within the last four months, you don't need to get another one unless you are requested to.
Find information for liquor licensees translated in different languages:
- English (PDF, 112KB)
- Simplified Chinese (PDF, 210KB)
- Traditional Chinese (PDF, 212KB)
- Korean (PDF, 195KB)
- Punjabi (PDF, 247KB)
- Japanese (PDF,217KB)
Liquor licensees still need to follow policies in the Liquor Licence Terms and Conditions Handbooks.
Other agencies may have legislation or regulations you must follow. Learn what each agency does and how their work affects your liquor licence.
The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is responsible for importing, distributing and registering all liquor products in B.C., as well as government liquor stores.
The Liquor Distribution Act gives the LDB the sole right to purchase beverage alcohol both within B.C. and from outside the province, in accordance with the federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act.
The LDB supplies product to more than 10,000 B.C. bars, restaurants and private retailers.
Contact LDB for more information.
The Ministry of Environment's recycling regulation requires licensees to accept up to 24 empty container returns per person per day for the product brands and sizes they sell.
- The 24-container return limit refers to the combined number of all containers returned by a person
For the health and safety of staff, licensees are not required to accept for refund any container that is rusty, dirty or contaminated. Private liquor stores must refund the full amount of the applicable container deposits. This refund must be given in cash and cannot be given as store credit.
Persons contravening the Ministry of Environment regulation commit an offence.
Read more about beverage containers and the recycling program.
Wineries, cideries, breweries, distilleries and meaderies in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) are governed by
- The Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA)
- The Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation
- ALC policies with rules about activities permitted on ALR land
- Without approval of the Agricultural Land Commission
- Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation - Alcohol Production
- Gathering for an Event in the ALR (PDF, 56KB)
- Agri-tourism Activities in the ALR (PDF, 63KB)
For more information, contact the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission.
Minors accompanied by a parent or guardian may be present during licensed bingo events or ticket raffles if an establishment has received the appropriate permissions from the LCRB.
Visit Gambling in B.C. to learn more.
If a licensee sells BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) lottery products and has been approved by the LCRB to permit accompanied minors, the BCLC requires licensees to notify patron that the purchase of lottery products by minors is prohibited. Wall or ceiling mounted gaming screens do not have to be covered or switched off.
Visit Lotto BCLC to find rules and guidelines for retailers.
If the LCRB has approved the presence of minors in an establishment selling tobacco products, that establishment is required to meet the tobacco law requirements during hours when minors are present. Tobacco products, including vending machines, and tobacco advertising must be covered during the hours when minors are permitted.
Visit the Tobacco Control Program for retailer guidelines and provisions.
The LCRB regulates both the maximum amount of liquor a person can order at a time, and the minimum drink prices. Official weights and measures, such as the size of a pint, are defined and regulated by Measurement Canada through the federal Weights and Measures Act and Regulation.
Provincial liquor inspectors cannot enforce federal legislation. If you believe that an establishment is advertising incorrect drink sizes, such as the size of a pint of draft beer, visit Measurement Canada.