September 09, 2016
On September 8, 2016, the LCLB released a new liquor policy directive regarding lease and zoning requirements for Licensee Retail Store (LRS) relocation: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/docs-forms/policy-directive-2016-12.pdf
In 2015, the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation was amended to allow LRSs to relocate anywhere in BC. Following this amendment, the LCLB became concerned that the low commitment required to be granted approval in principle to relocate could potentially be used by an LRS relocation applicant to protect their interest in an area (by restricting other relocation applicants from moving into the 1 km radius of the proposed LRS location and their current location).
To limit any potential conflict among licensees and increase fairness, the LCLB in consultation with ABLE BC has reviewed and amended the LRS relocation process.
Effective September 6, 2016, relocation applicants are now required to provide valid interest in the form of a certificate of title or a fully executed lease as well as evidence that rezoning is underway (or already in place) in their proposed location. Applicants must still satisfy the 1 km distance criteria.
Licensees that submitted an application before September 6, 2016 will not be affected by this policy change.
For more information, please download the Policy Directive.