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Liquor-serving establishments

If you want to have a business in Vancouver that sells or serves alcoholic drinks, you must have a liquor licence.

Apply for or make changes to a liquor licence

Apply for a new licence, make permanent changes to an existing liquor primary licence, or apply for a one-time exception.

Temporarily extend hours and/or area

Submit an amendment request to temporarily extend opening hours, closing hours, or area of your liquor-serving establishment.

Permanently change hours of liquor service

Apply for a new licence, make permanent changes to an existing liquor primary licence, or apply for a one-time exception.

Exceptions: Liquor Primary distancing and moratoria

Council approved a one-time exception to two liquor policies to the occupant load at Liquor Primary establishments.

The role of the Province and the City

Policy changes

March 30, 2021 - Council adopted policy changes enabling one-time exceptions for occupant increases to the moratoria in the Granville Entertainment District and the Downtown Eastside and an occupant load increase of up to 30% of current occupant load for Liquor Primary establishments that are in conflict with our distancing policy.

Select your business type below to learn how the changes may affect your business.

Learn about the liquor licence fees

Licence By-law 4450

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 us

Licence Coordinator

Phone: 604-871-6988

Liquor Licence Group

Phone: 604-871-6461 or 604-873-7954

Email: liquor.comments@vancouver.ca​​​​​​​