New Liquor Laws in Effect Today
Prince George, B.C. – Major changes regarding how liquor is sold in B.C. come into force today.
They are the result of the Province’s Liquor Policy Review and are meant to create new opportunities for businesses and increase convenience for consumers.
Some of the changes allow:
- All types of businesses, like barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries, to apply for a liquor licence.
- Businesses to apply for a Special Event Permit, formerly a Special Occasion Licence, to reduce red tape involved in organizing events and festivals.
- Hotels and resorts that own a bar on the premises to offer guests a complimentary alcoholic beverage upon check-in and permit guests to carry their drinks from licenced areas directly to their rooms.
- Theatres to permit customers to consume liquor purchased on-site in both the lobby and licensed seating areas when minors are present, like arenas and stadiums.
Along with making alcohol more accessible the Province says it is committed to ensuring liquor products are consumed responsibly by implementing several new policies to promote health and safety related to alcohol.
Many stakeholders in B.C.’s business community – including Ian Tostensen, president and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Service Association – applaud the changes.
“The government has worked very hard to not only with the industry to make these changes that are contemporary, but reflect common sense and reduces the red tape burden. It is an incredibly complex task to change regulations, given stakeholder and legislative complexities, but this government is getting it done and we appreciate their focused efforts and positive impact this change will have.”