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