Ministry of Justice

Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)

    June 23, 2016

    Licensee retail stores and wine stores can now sell samples and can now host two manufacturers or agents conducting sampling at any one time. Samples can now total ½ a standard drink size per customer per day.
    >> see policy directive 16-10

    June 8, 2016

    Clarification regarding identification requirements, minimum price for off-premise sales, and use of handcuffs.
    >> see policy directive 16-09

    April 1, 2016

    A reminder to industry of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act prohibition on inducements.
    >> see policy directive 16-08

    March 7, 2016

    Permits hobby brewers and vintners to obtain an SOL to hold a competition to showcase and judge beer, wine and cider that they have made.
    >> see policy directive 16-07

    March 4, 2016

    Permits liquor to be delivered to hotel guests by room service 24 hours a day.
    >> see policy directive 16-06

    February 25, 2016

    Limits Independent Wine Store relocations into grocery stores to the "store within a store" model where all types of wine may be sold. These wine stores have only until August 19, 2016, to relocate to grocery stores to sell 100% BC wine on grocery store shelves.
    >> see policy directive 16-05

    February 23, 2016

    Imposes new minimum liquor retail prices for Licensee Retail Stores, Wine Stores and Manufacturer On-site Stores. These prices will come into effect May 1, 2016.
    >> see policy directive 16-04

    February 18, 2016

    Allows for a limited number of special wine store licences for 100% B.C. wine-on-shelves grocery store sales and establishes auctions for eligible grocery stores to bid on an opportunity to apply for this licence.

    Also permits BC VQA stores to sell 100% BC wine, subject to approval by the BC Wine Institute.

    >> More Information
    >> see policy directive 16-02
    >> see policy directive 16-03
    >> see OIC 080
    >> see Terms and Conditions

    December 18, 2015

    Permits Food Primary establishments with a patron-participation entertainment endorsement to allow patrons to dance until 1 a.m. on January 1st, provided this is not prohibited by local bylaws.
    >> see policy directive 15-13

    November 24, 2015

    Repeals the lounge endorsement and relaxes several other restrictions for Food Primary Licences.
    >> see policy directive 15-12

    October 2, 2015

    Farmer's market policy directive 14-11 has been expanded to permit manufacturers to sell at artisan and annual holiday markets.
    >> see policy directive 15-11

    September 22, 2015

    Permits liquor suppliers to provide liquor stores with brand identified refrigerators.
    >> see policy directive 15-10

    September 3, 2015

    Announces new tool for special occasion licensed (SOL) events to evaluate public safety risks.
    >> see policy directive 15-09

    August 25, 2015

    Announces a temporary policy change to permit establishments flexibility in hosting televised games of the Rugby World Cup outside of normal liquor service hours
    >> see policy directive 15-08

    July 28, 2015

    Announces the limited sale of all types of liquor in manufacturer lounges and special event areas
    >> see policy directive 15-07

    April 8, 2015

    Licensed establishments required to display Alcohol Sense materials
    >> see policy directive 15-03

    March 31, 2015

    Changes to the Special Occasion Licence program
    >> see policy directive
    >> see OIC 136
    >> see OIC 121

    March 26, 2015

    Two new liquor bills introduced
    >> see news release
    >> see Bill 27
    >> see Bill 22


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Information for licence renewals in the event of a postal strike


You can now apply for Special Occasion Licences Online!

Click here for more information.


 Liguor Review


Click here for news and updates on the Liquor Policy Review Implementation.

The B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) regulates:

  • liquor service in bars and restaurants
  • private liquor stores
  • liquor manufacturers and importers
  • Ubrews and UVins (for personal liquor manufacturing), and
  • liquor service at catered and special occasion events.

The Liquor Distribution Branch is responsible for the importation and distribution of liquor in B.C. and also operates government liquor stores. See the following links for store locations and product availability.

Applying for a Liquor Licence
Learn about the different types of liquor licences, how to apply for one, and the rules you must follow if you have a liquor licence.

NEW: Caterers can now apply for a liquor licence. Food Primary and Liquor Primary licensees can apply for a catering endorsement.

Special Occasion Liquor Licence (SOL)
If you are hosting a special event (e.g., wedding, sports tournament, dinner and dance, or other type of one-time event) and want to serve beer, wine or spirits, you need a Special Occasion Licence. Follow this link for more information.

Wine in Grocery FAQs
This section includes information on wine and liquor in grocery stores and the relocating process

If You Have a Liquor Licence
Go here to download a copy of the most recent Terms and Conditions guide, learn about renewing your licence, or applying to make changes to your licence.

Liquor Licensing in British Columbia
This section includes information on liquor laws in British Columbia, filing complaints or concerns, criminal record checks, Serving It Right training, and the role of local government in liquor licensing.

link to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch Online Services webpage

Online Services
To use our online services you must have a OneStop Account. An online account will allow you to renew your BC Liquor Licence with a credit card. It is also the way licensee's with the correct endorsements must apply for Catering Event Authorizations, Market Authorizations, and Temporary Use Area Authorizations.

Compliance and Enforcement
Learn about liquor inspections, what happens if you do not comply with provincial liquor laws, and search the Enforcement Decision database for enforcement hearing decisions and penalties against specific establishments.