Government of B.C.

Before you start

Each licence change has specific documentation requirements. Be sure to read the submission instructions for the change you want to make.

Overview

As a Cannabis Retail Store (CRS) licensee, you can

  • Apply to make a permanent change to your licence
  • Apply to make a permanent change to a licensee
  • Apply to make a structural change
  • Submit a tied house notification
  • Submit a dormancy notification

Some changes require a fee. All changes can be submitted in the liquor and cannabis licensing portal. 

See below for each type of licence change. 

 

Making a change before receiving a CRS licence

A CRS application will be paused until all change applications are complete. Change applications are processed in the order they’re received. The processing time may take longer if the local government or Indigenous Nation must be informed of the change.

Making a change to a proposed CRS after submitting an application and before receiving a licence, may require a change application. 

This includes making a: 

 

Making a change after receiving Approval in Principle (AIP)

The processing of a CRS application will pause until all change applications are complete. Change applications are processed in the order they’re received. If the local government or Indigenous Nation must be informed of the change, this may also add to the processing timeline.

Making a change to a proposed CRS after receiving AIP may result in the LCRB retracting the AIP until the change is approved.

 

Change

Apply to make a permanent change to your licence

Apply to

  • Change store name (operating as name)
  • Relocate a store
  • Request a change in the terms and conditions

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Apply to make a permanent change to a licensee

You must apply for the LCRB's approval within 10 days of making the changes listed below.

Application fee varies. 

Apply Online 

Tied house notification

A tied house is a connection between a federally licensed producer and a licensed retail store of non-medical cannabis. For more information, see Tied house connections.

Submit a tied house notification within 10 days of the change.

 Apply Online 

Make a structural change to the store

Cannabis Retail Store (CRS) licensees can apply to make structural changes to a store including:  

  • physical expansion
  • changing position of walls, floors, ceiling
  • moving secured storage, cabinets, shelves
  • changing entrance and exit points 
  • service counter (i.e. location of POS, addition or removal of a reception area)
  • adding or removing a shared vestibule with another business
  • adding or removing outside facing windows 

Structural change applications require:

  • an updated floor plan
  • an updated site plan only if adding or changing a shared vestibule, entrances, exits, and windows 

A structural change does not include:

  • making cosmetic changes such as painting, countertops and flooring 
  • relocating to another unit in the same building structure (i.e. shopping mall). Relocation applications are accepted through the liquor and cannabis licensing portal. 

Application fee is $440.

 Apply Online 

Dormancy notification

Notify us within 10 days of the closure or as soon as you become aware that the closure will be longer than 90 days.

Email LCRBCannabis@gov.bc.ca .

Contact

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