October 20, 2016
We are very pleased to share the LCLB has announced many new liquor policy changes today, including a number of very positive and long overdue changes for our members.
These policy changes take effect January 23, 2017. Download the policy directives below:
- Directive 16-14: General policy changes for all licensees and additional policy changes for UBrews/UVins and Licensee Retail Stores
- Directive 16-15: Food primary license and catering license policy changes
- Directive 16-16: Liquor primary license policy changes
- Directive 16-17: Manufacturer license and agent license policy changes
- Directive 16-18: Special Event Permit (formerly Special Occasion License) policy changes
- Directive 16-19: Compliance and Enforcement Policy Changes
Policy Change Highlights
Please note only select policy changes are listed below and they take effect on January 23, 2017. For a full list of policy changes download the policy directives above.
- There is no longer a restriction on the size of kegs of beer or cider that can be sold by LRS
- Guests at hotels with a liquor or food primary can take unfinished alcoholic beverages to their room
- Hotels and resorts with a liquor primary can serve one standard free alcoholic drink to guests in the lobby or reception area at check-in
- A licensee may be permitted to choose one of either penalty (monetary penalty or license suspension) based on specific conditions
- Liquor primaries can now relocate anywhere in the province
- Liquor primaries with an off-sales endorsement may deliver liquor to customers upon order
- Golf course patrons can take a drink from one service area to another
- Provide flexibility to extend hours of liquor service in exceptional circumtances
- Dormant Licenses: licenses will be cancelled after 2 years of inactivity unless there has been a fire or other catastrophe beyond the licensee’s control
- License transfers: the new owner of the business is now liable for the establishment
We are proud to say that the ABLE BC team with your continued support had a direct role in bringing about these policy changes. ABLE BC commends the LCLB and government for taking positive steps to reduce red tape and modernize liquor laws in BC.