Find out about changes to the law to simplify business operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liquor Licensing Changes
Restaurants are temporarily allowed to deliver liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal. Breweries, wineries and distillers are now authorized to use their establishments to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizer to sell or donate.
Liquor License Fee Extension and Deferral
This program allows for a temporary extension for liquor licences expiring between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
- Extended licences must still be renewed prior to their new expiry dates
- Renewal fees will be deferred until September 30, 2020, and will continue to be calculated in accordance with the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation
Extensions will be applicable to most liquor licences, with the exceptions of licensee retail stores, special wine stores, and wine stores with wine on shelf in grocery stores.
Eligible licensees whose licences fall within March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and who find themselves in financial need, may ask for support by emailing a request to LCRB_COVID19@gov.bc.ca.
Temporary Liquor WholeSale Pricing Licence
The Province has approved a temporary wholesale pricing model that will allow liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine and spirits at reduced cost.
This measure will be in place from the end of July 2020 until March 31, 2021, when the program will be reviewed.
Selling Liquor Stock to Other Licencees
Licensees are also now allowed to sell their existing liquor stock to other licensees who are still operating and/or to private liquor stores.
This authorization is set to expire on July 15, 2020, but this may be reviewed.
Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)
From June 1st to October 31st, 2020, Vancouver businesses can set up free temporary patios in front of or beside their business in an on-street parking space or on the sidewalk.