If you’re considering starting a liquor business and you’re wondering how to get a liquor license in BC, this article outlines the most important requirements. As liquor license consultants, we help business owners in British Columbia on a daily basis to obtain liquor licenses. Because requirements differ for each type of license, it takes the specialized, detailed knowledge of an experienced consultant to guide an applicant through the process, thus increasing the likelihood of their license approval.
Liquor licensing in British Columbia is complex because there are many types of liquor licenses, each with different requirements. When inquiring about how to get a liquor license in BC, would-be licensees sometimes mistakenly believe that regardless of the type of establishment they want to run, there is one license for all. Nothing could be further from reality.
The following is a list of requirements for each type of BC liquor license. A liquor license consultant works with applicants to help them meet all of the requirements, because the main cause of application rejection or delay is an incomplete application.
The BC government has placed a moratorium on licensee retail stores, wine stores, and speciality wine stores (BC wine in grocery stores). As a result, application requirement details aren’t available. Buying a BC liquor license from an existing operation is presently the only available option for starting any of these businesses.
There are other BC liquor permits available that we’ve excluded from the list above because they don’t always require the help of a liquor license consultant. These include permits for special events, charitable liquor auctions, non-beverage alcohol and ethyl alcohol purchases. View all BC liquor licenses and permits at the Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch. If you do need help with these types of permits, connect with us! We are happy to ensure you have the information and any help you need.
If you need help getting a BC liquor license, contact Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors. We can guide you through the application process from end to end and can help your business achieve success after you’ve opened your doors. While we’ve helped hundreds of businesses get liquor licenses, our most valuable work starts after application approval.
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