March 17, 2016
In the past several weeks, LCLB has released a number of new policy directives:
- Policy Directive 16-02: Special Wine Stores and Auction. New regulations have come into effect regarding the auctioning off of licenses for the sale of BC wine on grocery store shelves. Grocery stores will have the chance to bid on 6 opportunities to apply for a license. The first round of auctions is scheduled to take place in late April. Full details: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/docs-forms/policy-directive-2016-02.pdf
- Policy Directive 16-03: Change to BCVQA Stores. BCVQA stores are now permitted to sell 100% BC even if not BCVQA certified. This is subject to approval by the BC Wine Institute who holds the licenses for these stores.
- Policy Directive 16-04: Minimum Liquor Pricing in Liquor Stores. A policy will come into effect on May 1, 2016, imposing new minimum prices in liquor stores. List of minimum prices and more details:http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/docs-forms/policy-directive-2016-04.pdf
- Policy Directive 16-05: Independent Wine Store Relocation to Grocery Stores. IWS must now apply to LCLB no later than 4:30 pm on August 19, 2016 if they wish to relocate to grocery stores to sell only 100% BC wine on grocery store shelves.
- Policy Directive 16-06: Room Service Hours Extension. These changes support the implementation of Liquor Policy Review recommendation #65. Liquor can now be delivered to hotel guests by room service 24 hours a day (subject to local bylaws/zoning) as long as food is available for room service delivery (packaged snacks and convenience food do not satisfy this requirement). Full details:http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/docs-forms/policy-directive-2016-06.pdf.
- Policy Directive 16-07: Special Occasion Licensed Hobby Brewer and Vintner Competitions. These changes support the implementation of Liquor Policy Review recommendation #50. Hobby brewers and vintners are now permitted to obtain an SOL to hold a competition to showcase and judge beer, wine and cider that they have made.
If you have any questions or concerns about these policy changes, please don’t hesitate to contact ABLE BC at 604-688-5560 or email@example.com.