August 24, 2017

On August 14, 2017, the LCLB released a new policy directive (17-03) regarding changes to low-risk catering authorizations, all-inclusive pricing, and signage requirements. Download a copy of the full policy directive here. A summary of the changes is outlined below:

Signage requirements

Licensees are encouraged to post the following signage, but are no longer required to do so:

  • Signage informing patrons that liquor cannot be taken outside the service area
  • Signage indicating if and when minors are permitted or restricted

All-inclusive pricing

An all-inclusive ticket price may be offered for any tasting event where the primary purpose of the event is to acquaint the public with liquor products. However, licensees must take precautions to prevent the overservice and intoxication of patrons. Previously, an all-inclusive ticket price could only be offered for wine festivals.

Low-risk catering authorizations

Caterers of low-risk events may now request a catering authorization at any time prior to the event. Caterers of events considered high-risk are still required to request an authorization 21 days in advance of the event.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch toll free in Canada at 1-866-209-2111 or 250-952-5787 if calling from the Victoria area. As always, you can also contact ABLE BC at 604-688-5560 or

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