Cannabis Retail Store (CRS) licences can be transferred to a new licensee if the transfer does not result in the licensee holding or having interest in more than 8 CRS licences.
The current licensee must initiate the licence transfer in the liquor and cannabis licensing portal by submitting the proposed licensee's:
The proposed licensee will be notified to proceed with the licence transfer application.
The proposed licensee:
This application requires the following from the proposed licensee:
Before transferring a CRS licence, the LCRB must determine that the proposed licensee is fit and proper to hold a CRS licence. The fit and proper assessment includes security screenings and financial integrity checks. Approval may be accelerated if the proposed licensee already holds a CRS licence.
Learn more about security screenings and financial integrity checks.
The LCRB starts processing the transfer application after the proposed licensee confirms their information and pays the licence transfer fee.
Cannabis retail licensees must abide by the terms and conditions of their licence. For more information, read the Cannabis Retail Store Terms and Conditions Handbook (PDF, 319KB).
Complete the Business Financial Integrity form (PDF, 177 KB).
To complete the form, you will need
The business types include:
Both you and any associates will need to complete a Consent for Cannabis Security Screening form. Applicants do this as part of the online application process in step 4.
This form requires:
Associates (directors, shareholders, partners, etc.) of applicants are required to submit documentation for security screenings and/or financial integrity checks.
Learn about the associate forms you must submit with your cannabis retail store licence.
Once you have gathered and prepared the necessary documents, log in to the Liquor and cannabis licensing portal with your BCeID.
Once you submit, you will receive an application number from the LCRB.
Through the portal, you can invite your associates to complete and upload the necessary forms.
Cannabis retail stores can stay open through the transfer application process. The current licensee must maintain their licence requirements and valid interest until the transfer is complete.
The proposed licensee cannot operate the licence until the transfer is complete. The proposed licensee may start working in a store before the transfer is complete if they are a qualified worker.
Other licence changes, such as structural changes or relocations, must be requested after the licence transfer is complete. See the Making Changes to the Licence section of the Cannabis Retail Store Terms and Conditions Handbook (PDF, 319KB).
Cannabis retail store licensees need to upload their Selling It Right certificate information. Read more about Selling It Right.