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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

Review the instructions to apply for a new licence or make permanent changes to an existing liquor primary licence.

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 to permanently change hours of liquor service at food primary establishments or restaurants.

The role of the Province and the City

Policy changes

On June 14, 2017, Council adopted policy changes affecting businesses that serve and retail liquor.

Three goals were set for the City liquor policy:

  1. Protect health, safety, and community livability
  2. Foster creativity, community connection, and local economy
  3. Ensure regulatory framework is effective and efficient

Review the staff report   (345 KB) and Council meeting minutes   (344 KB) for full details.

On May 2, 2018, Council approved further policy and by-law amendments. Review the the staff report   (1.4 MB) and Council meeting minutes  (140 KB) for details.

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

Past updates

May 2, 2018 - Council implemented bylaw amendments affecting establishments that serve and retail liquor.

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.

Learn about the liquor licence fees

Licence Bylaw 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 the Licence Coordinator

Licence Coordinator

Phone: 604-871-6988

Assistant to the Licence Coordinator

Phone: 604-873-7954