(Feb. 26/13) Following the province’s recent announcement that caterers in British Columbia can obtain a liquor licence, the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) has outlined liquor policy changes on their website.

What you need to know
CRFA has summarized these changes and provided relevant links:

  • Click here (PDF) for amendments to tied house and trade practices requirements for licensed establishments and liquor manufacturers/agents, effective March 1. These changes are of particular interest to our members.
  • Click here (PDF) for amendments covering endorsements on brewery and distillery licences, effective March 1. These changes aim to support the growing craft brewing and distilling industries by introducing another way for licensees to showcase their products.
  • Click here (PDF) for amendments covering the approval of exemptions to the 1-km rule for licensee retail store relocations, effective immediately.  
  • Click here (PDF) for requirements that new applications for increasing capacity of a liquor primary (LP), LP club or winery lounge endorsement up to occupant load be submitted as a structural change application, effective immediately. Applications will require consideration by local government.
  • Click here (PDF) for changes affecting wine stores and onsite manufacturer stores.


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