To apply, you
* You must apply for a separate licence for each store. A licensee can only hold or have valid interest in a maximum of eight non-medical cannabis retail store licences.
The relevant local government or Indigenous Nation must recommend that a licence be issued before the general manager may consider whether to issue a cannabis retail licence. The general manager will consider, but is not bound by, the recommendation.
The LCRB will contact the relevant local government or Indigenous Nation for their recommendation as part of the application process.
This application requires the following:
The application fee for a cannabis retail store licence is generally non-refundable.
However, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) may consider a refund if
To request a refund, email a written request to LCRBCannabis@gov.bc.ca with reasons for the refund. The deputy general manager of licensing has the discretion to approve or deny the request.
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).
Check requirements for the application and fees, including
Start early and understand the process. Depending on your local government or Indigenous Nation's requirements, this step can add processing time.
Learn about your location requirements, including:
The store must be a self-contained business.
Review the additional location requirements if your store is located in a shopping mall or has a shared vestibule.
Complete the Business Financial Integrity form (PDF, 177 KB).
To complete the form, you will need
You are responsible for all matters related to the suitability of your store’s name and branding. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) doesn’t consider or grant any intellectual property rights for:
The floor plan, site plan and photos of the exterior of the store must show that it meets the requirement for a self-contained cannabis store, a store in a shopping mall or a store that shares a vestibule with another business. Review the Cannabis Retail Store Terms and Conditions Handbook (PDF, 328 KB) and the document checklist for your business type for more information.
The plans must be clear and legible, and in PDF format that is still legible when zoomed in.Show 6 items
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 7.
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.
Approval in principle indicates you are eligible to receive a licence if you pass a final inspection. Once approval in principle is granted, you may decide to
You must have
More information can be found in the Cannabis Retail Store Terms and Conditions Handbook (PDF, 319KB).
After you have approval in principle, the LCRB must conduct an inspection before you can open to the public. The LCRB will conduct an inspection for all new cannabis retail store applicants before issuing a licence.
When you believe you are ready to open, contact the LCRB to schedule an inspection.
There cannot be any cannabis products in the store during this inspection.
During the inspection, the inspector will
As a licensee, you must have your Selling It Right certification. Workers who sell or supervise the sale of non-medical cannabis must also complete the training course Selling It Right.
Local governments may have additional business licence requirements for workers.
All the cannabis sold in your store must be purchased from the Liquor Distribution Branch. You must be issued a licence before you can order cannabis.
Agreements with federally-licensed cannabis producers
Licensees and their employees must not
Cannabis retail stores must submit monthly reports to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). The LCRB submits these reports to Health Canada for inclusion in the federal Cannabis Tracking System (CTS).
Reporting can be done through the Cannabis Licensing Portal. Learn more about your reporting requirements.