BC Liquor Licensing – A Patchwork Quilt of Policies

BC liquor licensing has become a patchwork of inconsistent policies.  There is a need for the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the Liquor Branch to undertake an initiative to harmonize the various local government policies and bylaws regarding BC liquor licensing, as this would clearly be in the public interest. Over the years, various local governments have created their own set of unique liquor policies and bylaws that their staff oversee, enforce and usually refuse to exercise discretion to these policies. Read more

BC Liquor Licensing – 5 Training Tips

There is a lot for prospective liquor licensees to know about BC liquor licensing rules and regulations. Firstly, obtaining a license is not as easy as downloading an application from the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (a.k.a. “BC liquor board”) and popping it in the mail. Secondly, if your license is approved, your obligation to comply with a number of rules and regulations begins. After making a considerable investment in time and money, keeping your liquor license is just as important as getting your liquor license.

While writing and implementing training materials is best left to professional BC liquor licensing experts like Rising Tide Consultants, the following training tips are the bare minimum your business should follow. Read more

New BC Liquor Licensing Pages – Educating Yourself About BC Liquor License

Whether you are a business seeking a BC liquor license, a manufacturer, brewer, or are considering hosting a special event where you want to serve alcohol, it’s important to understand the licensing process and your responsibilities under the law. Rising Tide Consultants is here to ensure that you understand and fulfill government requirements, thereby increasing your chances of a successful application. Read more

2016 Year in Review – RTC Expands Services Beyond BC Liquor Licenses

In 2016, Rising Tide Consultants was very busy – growing our services beyond BC liquor licenses to include Alberta and Ontario liquor license services as well as all provinces, SKU registration, agent registration, and manufacturers license application services.

Before we review our year, we’d like to wish all of you a very Happy Holidays and New Year! We hope that 2017 brings you good health and prosperity, both personally and professionally. We want to thank our clients for their continued support and loyalty. You are the reason our business thrives and we are all grateful that you continue to choose Rising Tide Consultants for liquor license consultation services. Read more

Where to Find Information about BC Liquor Laws, Policies, and News

BC liquor laws control the manufacture, sales, distribution, and consumption of alcohol in British Columbia. The first place to look when you need to know precisely what the liquor laws allow and don’t allow, is the official BC Government Ministry of Justice, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (BCLCLB) website. Read more

What is the Liquor Control Board of BC?

The Liquor Control Board of BC — officially “B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch” (BCLCLB), is a branch of BC’s Ministry of Justice, and is responsible for issuing liquor licenses for:

  • Pubs, bars, lounges, nightclubs, restaurants, and private liquor stores
  • Manufacturers of liquor including breweries, distilleries and wineries
  • UBrews and UVins that sell customers the ingredients and equipment to make beer, wine, cider and coolers
  • Special occasions

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