BC Liquor Law Update: Be aware of these changes coming in 2017 that may negatively impact your licensed establishment
December 20, 2016 - Daniel Coles
Businesses currently operating licensed establishments in British Columbia, or considering purchasing a going concern, should take note of the following significant changes to British Columbia’s liquor laws into force in January, 2017:
New policy on “dormant” licences
Currently in British Columbia there are no minimum use requirements for liquor licences. That means a licensee may allow its establishment to become “dormant” – by keeping its licence in good standing, but for any number of reasons not operating the affiliated bar or restaurant. Generally speaking licences go dormant during extensive renovations, after fires or during times of financial stress.