Learn About the Application Process
As soon as we receive your application, we will first make sure you have provided all the necessary information and documentation.
- If your application is incomplete, we will contact you about what is missing and request that you provide the missing information or documentation within 45 days, or we will consider your application withdrawn and you will have to reapply at a later date and pay the application fees.
It is your responsibility to check with your local government/First Nation to ensure that all of their requirements are being met as well (see Will I need local government or other approvals to get a licence? for more information). If you later discover you will not be able to operate your establishment, we cannot refund your application or licence fees.
We will then do a formal review of your application. This will include verifying that you are a B.C. resident, Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, at least 19 years old, and that you have no ties to a liquor manufacturer. We will also conduct a criminal record check – see Criminal Record Search page for more information. If you have held a liquor licence before, we will review your history as a liquor licensee.
If everything is in order, we will request that you contact your local liquor inspector to book an education session and inspection of your premises. The inspector will go over the requirements of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and Regulations with you, as well as the specific terms and conditions of your UBrew/UVin licence, and will give you a copy of A Guide for UBrew/UVin Licensees in British Columbia.
He or she will then ask you to contact our Head Office to pay your annual $750.00 licence fee which is pro-rated to March 31st each year. Once we receive your payment, and if everything is in order, we will issue your licence.