Today at the Museum of Vancouver, major players in B.C.'s government and music industry annouced exciting changes to the Province's liquor laws.
(From left to right) Nick Blasko – advisory committee, BC Music Fund, John Yap – Richmond Steveston MLA, Coralee Oakes – Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction, Graham Henderson – President of Music Canada, Catherine Runnals – President of Brand Live
The Province is modernizing B.C. liquor laws and cutting red tape for businesses by simplifying the application process for festivals, concerts and other cultural events.
Previously, only non-profit organizations could apply for a Special Occasion Licence (now Special Event Permit) and were responsible for liquor service at the event, even when it was organized by a third party.
This change allows businesses to apply for a Special Event Permit and accept liability for liquor service at the event. Removing the requirement for charities to be involved in the permitting process will cut red tape for event organizers.
“These changes are the result of consultations with industry and an important step forward in our continued work to modernize B.C.’s liquor laws by cutting red tape for businesses. We expect these changes will increase the number of special events held throughout B.C. and strengthen patronage of the arts in our communities,” stated Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.
- Effective Jan. 23, 2017, any type of business or individual can apply for a Special Event Permit.
- Recently, the Province cut red tape for the music industry by creating a more streamlined liquor permit application that requires only one application for an event with multiple venues over multiple days.
- The Province also recently introduced alternate use for liquor primary venues, allowing them to hold all-ages events as long as liquor is not available.
For more info read the official press release here.