Liquor Policy

Liquor Policy Review

On January 31, 2014, the provincial government released the "Liquor Policy Review Final Report." Upon its release, the Province began a gradual implementation of the recommendations contained in the document. As of November 2018, the Province has implented or is in the progress of implementing 67 of the 73 recommendations. 

On March 26, 2015, the Province introduced new legislation that included the re-write of the liquor legislation in British Columbia. The Liquor Control and Licensing Act received Royal Assent in May 2015. On January 23, 2017, the Act officially came into force, along with a number of policy changes that are consistent with the recommendations in the Liquor Policy Review Final Report.

The Province continues to work with local governments, through the Local Government Working Group on Liquor Policy, to hear concerns and feedback, and in the development of future liquor policy.

Local Government Working Group on Liquor Policy

The Working Group meets on an as-needed basis, which includes a minimum of one in-person meeting per calendar year. It is chaired by UBCM and the Ministry of Attorney General.


UBCM to Province re: Submission to Liquor Industry Policy and Legislation Advisory Panel - Apr 2018
UBCM to Province re: proposed policy change for special event permits (SEPs) [PDF - 90 KB]
– Sep 2017
Province to UBCM re: proposed parallel process [PDF - 639 KB] – Feb 2016


Province Changes Liquor Event Policy - Jan 2018
Liquor Policy Working Group Update
- July 2017
Province Seeks Input on Proposed Liquor Policy
- Aug 2017
New Liquor Act Comes Into Force
– Jan 2017
LCLB Changes Affecting Local Governments & First Nations [PDF - 155 KB] – Jan 2017
Liquor Policy Working Group Update – Dec 2016
Special Occasion Liquor Licence Changes – July 2016
Liquor Policy Working Group Update – June 2016
Conference Call on Liquor Parallel Process – Mar 2016
Feedback Requested on Liquor Consumption in Public Places – Mar 2016
Special Wine Store Licence Conference Call – Feb 2016
Deadline Extended for Liquor Policy Feedback – Feb 2016
Liquor Policy Consultations with Local Government – Jan 2016


Bhar Sihota
Policy Analyst
604 270 8226 ext. 114

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