September 09, 2016

On September 8, 2016 the LCLB released a new liquor policy directive regarding licensing outdoor patio areas:

Current policy requires that outdoor patios are only permitted if there is also a licensed interior area. Effective September 8, 2016, eligibility for FPs and LPs has been expanded to allow applicants to apply for a FP or LP with no interior licensed area for patrons. This means the licensed area for patrons may be contained in the outdoor patio area only.

This change enables eligible establishments such as seasonal outdoor restaurants, concessions, and resorts throughout the province to expand their businesses, supporting BC’s beer, wine, and liquor industries.

There are no other changes to the application process and operating requirements for FP and LP licenses. This policy change does not apply to manufacturer lounges.

For more information, please download the Policy Directive.

During our consultations with the LCLB on this new policy, ABLE BC worked to ensure fairness for both food and liquor primaries. Food primaries with only licensed outdoor patios must still ensure that food is the primary focus at all times.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy change, please don’t hesitate to contact the ABLE BC office at 604-688-5560 or

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