Determine Your Eligibility
You are eligible to apply for an agent’s licence if you are:
- at least 19 years old, and
- a resident of British Columbia, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (if you are applying as a corporation, and none of your shareholders live in B.C., you must appoint a resident manager).
You, your resident manager (if you have one) and any identified shareholders and partners, will also need to consent to a criminal record search and in some cases a review of your driver’s record. Having a criminal record or driving infraction does not automatically mean that we will turn down your application. We will look carefully at the circumstances of your case and how they relate to the responsibilities that go with holding a food-primary licence. See Submitting your Agent’s licence application for more information.
If you have held a liquor licence before, we will also look at your history as a liquor licensee. A poor history as a licensee may make it more difficult for you to qualify for an agent's licence.
In addition, you must not be associated, directly or indirectly, with a UBrew/UVin or any establishment holding a liquor licence - a bar or restaurant, for example - unless you are also a manufacturer and the establishment is operated in combination with, and on the same site as, your manufacturing facility. If you are an independent agent, you must also not be associated, directly or indirectly, with a Rural Agency Store (issued by the Liquor Distribution Branch) or an appointed wine store issued by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.