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 New 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
- New Liquor Primary Terms and Conditions
- New Licensee Retail Store Terms and Conditions
- New Manufacturer Terms and Conditions
- New Agent Terms and Conditions
- New LCLB website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/liquor-regulation-licensing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.