Renewing a Liquor Licence

Liquor Licence Fees During COVID-19

In response to the financial challenges that some in the liquor industry are facing due to COVID-19, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) has authorized the temporary extension for some liquor licences expiring between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 to ease the financial burden of upcoming renewal fees.

This extension will be applicable to a majority of liquor licences, with the exception of Licensee Retail Stores, Special Wine Stores, and Wine Stores with wine on shelf in grocery stores.

Eligible licensees whose licences fall within the time period noted above, and who find themselves in financial need, may now request to take advantage of these support measures by emailing a request to LCRB_COVID19@gov.bc.ca.

How are my renewal fees calculated?

Each year, you must renew your liquor licence and pay a licence fee.  60 days before your liquor licence is due to expire, we will send the renewal notice to the preferred method of contact as indicated by our system, indicating how much you owe and when it is due.   

The annual renewal fees for most licence types like food primary and liquor primary are calculated based on the amount of liquor the licensee has purchased from the Liquor Distribution Branch in the 12-month period that ends 6 months before the expiry of the licence.  Winery and Brewery licenses are renewed based on the amount liquor produced each year. Some licence types, such as UBrew and UVin, have set renewal fees. The addition of endorsements on a licence may increase your renewal fee.

Annual Renewal Fees

LDB Purchases Licence Fee
$12,500 or less $ 250
Over $ 12,500 and up to $ 20,000 $ 500
Over $ 20,000 and up to $ 45,000 $ 825
Over $ 45,000 and up to $100,000 $1,100
Over $100,000 and up to $500,000 $1,400
Over $500,000 and up to $1,000,000 $1,700
Over $1,000,000 and up to $2,000,000 $2,000
Over $2,000,000  

How do I renew my licence?

You may renew your licence manually or online. In order to renew your licence online, you need a BCeID account registered with OneStop. If you do not have a registered account, please contact the Onestop Help Desk toll-free at 1 888 544-0443.  Access our online licence renewal service.

Who can sign the renewal?

An authorized signatory of the licensee must complete and sign a licence renewal. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) relies on the licensee/applicant to ensure that the individual who signs the form is authorized to do so.  Typically, an authorized signatory will be as follows:

  • If the licensee is an individual, the individual himself/herself
  • If the licensee is a corporation, a duly authorized signatory who will usually be an officer or, in some cases, a director
  • If the licensee is a general partnership, one of the partners
  • If the licensee is a limited partnership, the general partner of the partnership
  • If the licensee is a society, a director or a senior manager (as defined in the Societies Act)

What if I’m late?

30-Day Late Period

You can still renew your B.C. liquor licence up to 30 days after it has expired. Submit the completed renewal application form with your renewal fee and pay a $200 late fee (except Agent licences, which pay a $50 late fee).

Reinstatement Period

If the 30-day late renewal period has passed, your licence can be reinstated up to 12 months from expiry. 

To reinstate your licence (except Agent licences):

  1. Complete the Application for Reinstatement of Expired Liquor Licence (LCRB043). This form includes your renewal fee and a $550 reinstatement fee.
  2. Submit both the completed reinstatement form and your completed renewal application form.

To reinstate an Agent licence:

  1. Complete the Application for Reinstatement of Expired Agent Licence (LCRB044)
  2. Submit both the completed reinstatement form and your completed renewal application form and pay $250 (renewal fee + late fee).