January 26, 2017

On Monday, new liquor policies and Licensee Terms and Conditions took effect. New Liquor Control and Licensing Act and Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation also came into force. A number of these policy changes are very positive and long overdue changes for our members.

New Fact Sheet

Download ABLE BC’s new fact sheet for a summary of these liquor policy changes, new business opportunities for operators, and our 2017 policy priorities. Click here to download.

Download New Policy Directives Below

Policy Change Highlights

Please note only select policy changes are listed below and they took 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 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 circumstances
  • 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.

If you have any questions or concerns about these policy changes, please don’t hesitate to contact the ABLE BC office at 604-688-5560 or info@ablebc.ca.


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