Feedback Requested on Liquor Consumption in Public Places

The provincial government is requesting local government feedback regarding a provision in the Liquor Control and Licensing Act that allows local governments, by bylaw, to designate an area/public place within their jurisdiction where alcohol could be consumed. Local governments are asked to respond by March 18, 2016.

This provision has not been used up to this point, according to the Province, which is questioning if local governments are disinterested in regulating public spaces for alcohol consumption or whether they are unaware of the existence of the provision. The related section of the Act does not require approval of the General Manager to designate an area/public space, but does require that any bylaw contain a limit on the hours during which alcohol may be consumed.

As part of this consultation, local governments are requested to respond to several questions related to this provision, and potential criteria that could be changed or added in addition to the hours limit.

Local governments may contact Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst, tel: (604) 270-8226 ext. 114, for information on how to submit feedback.

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