Liquor Licenses

The B.C. Government's Liquor Control and Licencing Branch (LCLB)  is the body responsible for issuing liquor licences*, with the support of Municipalities. Each licence class has its own eligibility requirements and its own licence terms and conditions, outlined in the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and Regulations.

The City of Penticton does not issue liquor licences, but provides local government input regarding zoning, building and other city regulations as part of the LCLB review process. Some licence types may require a public consultation process and Council resolution before final LCLB approval.

 

In Penticton, the City is involved in following LCLB application types:

  • New Liquor Primary and Liquor Primary Club licences, (Requires Council Resolution)
    • Guide and Application form (pdf)
    • Contact Staff at 250-490-2488 for application
  • Food Primary Licences – Occupant loads (Staff issuable)
    • Confirmation life safety & health requirements related to proposed use. Typically first step in further approvals for       Liquor Primary, Lounge/SEA or Permanent amendments.
    • Application form (pdf) [PDF - 361 KB]
  • Manufacturing and Retail Sales Business Licences (Staff issuable)
    • Review of zoning, safety and health regulations
    • Please make arrangements to meet with Development Services staff
    • Contact Staff at 250-490-2488 for application
  • Lounges and Special Event Areas Endorsements for wineries, breweries or distilleries (Requires Council Resolution)
    • Guide and Application form (pdf)
    • Contact Staff at 250-490-2488 for application
  • Permanent amendments to licences listed above (typically requires Council resolution)
    • change of hours, occupant loads or licenced area including patios
    • Guide and Application form (pdf)
    • Contact Staff at 250-490-2488 for application
  • Temporary amendments to licences listed above (staff issuable)

The City is also involved with some Special Occasions Licenses:

  • Special occasion licences  for public or private events with hours of service prior to 9:00am or past 10:00pm, in City-owned facilities, parks must be reviewed by City staff. Please direct your inquiries to the Recreation Department on 250-490-2437 or email.
    • Events taking place on a city beaches or streets with liquor service will require support by Council.
    • Please go to the City’s Outdoor Events site for more information.
    • You can also download this helpful guide on Special Events.

 

Next Steps:

We strongly recommend that if you are planning in starting a new business or modifying and existing business that you make an appointment with Development Services staff (250 490 2501) to ensure Zoning, Building Code and other regulations are reviewed prior to completing your LCLB applications.

*Please note: the LCLB issues regular updates, policy directives and information regularly surrounding rules, regulations and requirements around liquor. We highly recommend you visit their website for up-to-date info on regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How long does it take to process an application for a liquor licence for my premises?

Liquor licence review times are dependent on the Licence Type. Having a complete application with all required drawings and documents will assist staff in processing your request more efficiently.

  • New Liquor Primary, Lounge & SEA endorsements may take up to 90 days to process and are separate from the LCLB review process. Initial approval from LCLB is required before the City commences its reviews. An Occupant Load review will be required. It is advisable to review your proposal with staff as soon as possible to ensure zoning and other regulations will not become an issue later on.
  • Permanent Amendments to existing licences typically start with the City and may take up to 90 days as a joint parallel review process.
  • Temporary changes or Occupant Load confirmation request may take up to 7 working days to process.

 

What does a liquor licence cost?

Liquor Licence reviews vary depending on the Licence types. Please see application form for further information.

 

When do I need a Special Occasions Licence?

Special Occasion Licences (SOL) are issued by the LCLB and are available to event hosts who wish to provide any kind of  temporary or infrequent liquor service at events such as family gatherings, private functions, community festivals and manufacturer tastings.

A Special Occasion Licence permits  the host to serve or sell liquor at an event in accordance with BC’s liquor laws and regulations. Event hosts are considered liquor licencees and are responsible for the safety of their guests. For more information about Special Occasion Licences, visit the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch website.

If you plan to host a public event at a City-owned facility, or you wish to serve alcohol prior to 9:00am or past 10:00pm, your Special Occasions licence will be reviewed by the City as part of the rental agreement process. You will be required to fill out the City SOL application form.  Please direct these inquiries to 250-490-2437 or email

 

Do I need a Special Occasions Licence to host an event in a City-owned building or park?

Yes, if you are planning on serving liquor at your event, you will be required to identify it as part of your Rental Agreement Booking (link to Rec form). City facilities and parks have been classified regarding the acceptable types, occupant loads and hours of service. No further City reviews are required if you are meeting those parameters.

Applications requesting service hours or event sizes outside the predetermined limits will require an SOL application and Council Resolution. The application & regulations are available here. Please direct any inquiries to 250-490-2437 or email

 

What if I am hosting a private event (wedding, reuinion, meeting, etc?

The BC Liquor Control Board requires you to have a Special Occasions Licence for any event involving the service of alcohol to a group of guests. 

The City of Penticton only reviews those applications that occur on City-owned property where the hosts plan on serving alcohol prior to 9:00am or past 10:00pm. If your event will operate beyond the allowed hours, an Hours Exemption is required and you will be required to fill out the City’s SOL application. You will still require a special occasions licence if you are serving and/or selling  alcohol at private family events or private special events. The definition of these types of events is explained on this LCLB webpage.