Online Liquor Licensing
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Starting April 2020, the liquor licensing process will be moving online to the liquor and cannabis licensing portal.
Over the next 12 months, we will be moving all liquor licence types to the portal, starting with catering and wine store licences. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) will contact liquor licensees closer to the date their licence type will be available online. More information will also be posted to this page as it becomes available.
Once a licence type is available online, liquor licensees and applicants can log into the online portal using their Business BCeID to submit applications, renew their licence and pay application and renewal fees via computer, phone or tablet.
If you submitted an application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) that has not yet been approved, it will continue to be processed in the form that it was submitted, except for OneStop Business Registry. Going forward, when a licence is issued, it will appear on your licence dashboard when you log into the portal. Any applications that are submitted to the LCRB through the portal will appear as "in progress" on your application dashboard.
Due to system compatibility, activities related to the licence types above, that are available through the portal, like licence renewals, can no longer be submitted through OneStop once the licence type has moved to the online licensing portal.
Please note: There are currently no plans to change the Special Event Permit application process.
Liquor licence types now accessible online:
Effective April 15, 2020, all new catering applications, renewals and change jobs can be submitted through the licensing portal. Catering event authorizations should also be submitted through the licensing portal, subject to public health restrictions.
The LCRB will continue to accommodate applications and payments submitted through existing processes, except for OneStop Business Registry. Due to system compatibility, activities relating to catering licences can no longer be submitted through OneStop once the new LCRB system goes live.
If you have a catering endorsement attached to another liquor licence type, catering event authorizations will continue to be processed through OneStop Business Registry, subject to public health restrictions.
As of April 15, 2020, Wine Store licences are now accessible through the new licensing portal. Wine store licensees can submit change jobs and renewals through the licensing portal.
As of September 15, 2020, manufacturer licences are now accessible through the new online licensing portal. Manufacturer licensees can submit new applications, change jobs and renewals through the licensing portal.
The Local Government or Indigenous Nation will then use the portal to review applications and complete their portion of the licensing process.
Please note: Market Authorizations will no longer be available through the OneStop Business Registry. All manufacturing licensees are now required to submit any new Market Authorizations through the online licensing portal.
As of September 15, 2020, UBrew and UVin licences are now accessible through the online licensing portal. UBrew and UVin licensees can submit new applications, change jobs and renewals through the portal.
How to access the Liquor and Cannabis Licensing Portal:
1. Create a Business BCeID. Learn how to register for a BCeID.
- You will need a Business BCeID to log into the licensing portal.
- Once you have completed a one-time registration for Business BCeID, it is possible to link other individuals to the account, including those who help manage licences and applications. You can add third-party individuals to your account on the BCeID website.
- If you are unsure whether you already have a Business BCeID, you can search for your business or organization in the Business BCeID directory.
2. Visit the LCRB licensing portal and sign in using your BCeID.
3. Verify your account on the Account Profile page.
Please note: If you log into the portal before your licence type is available online, you may be able to view your licence(s), but you will not be able to make changes until that licence type has launched in the portal.
What you can do on the Liquor and Cannabis Licensing Portal:
Once you are logged in to the portal, you can:
- Manage your account and establishment contact information;
- Apply for new licences, renew existing licences and apply for changes to your licence;
- Submit permanent licensee changes and personal history summary forms;
- Pay application, renewal and other fees; and
- Download a copy of your licence.
Please note: You cannot submit incomplete applications through the new licensing portal. You must upload all the required documents before you can submit your application.
For example, Personal History Summary forms are now provided through personalized links that can be shared with associates to be complete online. Once all History Summary forms are uploaded through the portal, you can submit and pay for an application.
If you have any questions about this change or need help at any time during the process, please contact the LCRB Client Support Team at LCRBLiquor@gov.bc.ca.