If you want to have a business in Vancouver that sells or serves alcoholic drinks, you must have a liquor licence.
Review the instructions to apply for a new licence or make permanent changes to an existing liquor primary licence.
Submit an amendment request to temporarily extend opening hours, closing hours, or area of your liquor-serving establishment.
Apply to permanently change hours of liquor service at food primary establishments or restaurants.
On June 14, 2017, Council adopted policy changes affecting businesses that serve and retail liquor.
Three goals were set for the City liquor policy:
- Protect health, safety, and community livability
- Foster creativity, community connection, and local economy
- Ensure regulatory framework is effective and efficient
Select your business type below to learn how the changes may affect your business.
May 2, 2018 - Council implemented bylaw amendments affecting establishments that serve and retail liquor.
- See the staff report PDF file (1.5 MB)
- See the Council minutes PDF file (140 KB)
- Watch the Council meeting video part 1 and part 2
June 14, 2017 - Council adopted policy changes affecting establishments that serve and retail liquor.
Fall 2016 - Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on draft actions for the Vancouver Liquor Strategy. Read the result summaries from our liquor surveys.
Spring 2016 - we asked for initial feedback on our liquor strategy. Our first survey is now closed.
Rules and regulations about serving liquor
- Acoustic Report Guidelines
- Liquor service on patios
- Noise control guidelines
- Business Premises Regulation of Hours Bylaw 8022
Learn about the liquor licence fees
See Schedules A and B for liquor licence fees.
All licences expire annually on December 31 each year. Fees are pro-rated based on the business start date.
Contact the Licence Coordinator
Assistant to the Licence Coordinator