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Selling and serving liquor at your event

If you want to sell and serve liquor at your event, you will be required to have a permit from the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch

The BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch regulates liquor service in bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and special events.

Learn more about Liquor Special Event Permits 

More information can be found in the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch  Special Event Permits – Terms and Conditions Handbook

Temporary food application

You will need a temporary food application from Vancouver Coastal Health if you are serving or selling food OR liquor at your event.

If you will be operating your own food services

If you are operating your own food services, or operating your own alcohol service areas, you must complete the application.

If others will provide food or alcohol

If you are allowing other individuals or companies to provide food or food services, or to operate your alcohol service locations, you are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate permits from Vancouver Coastal Health.

Related requirements

In addition, Vancouver Coastal Health has requirements for washrooms, water service and garbage disposal related to operating a temporary food booth or alcohol service location.

Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health regulates food service at events, including issuing permits for temporary food booths.

For more information

Specific questions about food service can be directed to:

Shelley Beaudet, Vancouver Coastal Health

By phone: 604-675-3807

By email:


Ready to apply for your special event?

Ready to apply? If you are ready to apply for your special event permit, click the link below to go directly to the online application.

Apply for events

Is your event in a park? If your event is in a park, you will also need to fill out the Park Board's application.

Apply for events in parks

Contact the LCLB

Liquor Control Licensing Board
Phone: 1-866 209-2111