Ministry of Justice

Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)

link to the online application for Special Occasion Licences

 Liguor Review


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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.

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
You can renew your liquor licence, apply for a liquor licence for your restaurant (Food-Primary) or if you are selling your restaurant, you can complete the 'agreement to transfer' paperwork online.

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.