In British Columbia new liquor licences and amendments to existing licences are issued by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB).
Establishments operate with one of two basic licence types:
- Food-Primary Licences: For selling liquor by the glass at businesses such as restaurants where the primary purpose is the service of food.
- Liquor-Primary Licences: For selling liquor by the glass at businesses such as pubs, bars, lounges or nightclubs where the primary purpose is beverage service, entertainment or hospitality.
Licences in Whistler
Although the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) does not issue liquor licences, the LCLB must request comment from local government on licensing decisions that may have an impact on the community. The requirements for local government comments will vary depending on the type of licence or licence amendment. In some cases the views of residents must be gathered and a formal resolution from Council obtained.
Whistler's permanent liquor licensed establishments have a total capacity of 40,202.
Licensed facilities and events include:
- 82 food primary establishments (restaurants)
- 31 liquor primary establishments (nightclubs, pubs, lounges)
- Three event driven liquor primary licensed venues (Whistler Conference Centre, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Maurice Young Millennium Place)
- Retail sales outlets: three government, three private
- Manufacturing: one brewery, one brew pub
- Temporary licensing for events including: catering licences/endorsements, Special Occasion Licenses (SOL) and temporary changes to existing licences
The Municipal Liquor Licensing Policy, Council Policy G-17 describes the RMOW process and fees for the various application types. The policy also includes municipal hours of liquor service guidelines and floor plan requirements.
Applications for a new liquor licence or a physical change to an existing licensed establishment must have floor plan drawings stamped for occupant load. The RMOW liquor licence application process includes a floor plan review and occupant load determination.
New liquor licence
- Application for a new liquor primary licence.
- Application for a new food primary liquor licence requiring Council approval. For example, for hours past midnight, restaurant lounge or patron participation entertainment.
- Application for a new basic food primary licence where a resolution from Council is not required. For example, for hours up to midnight, no restaurant lounge and no patron participation entertainment.
Permanent change to liquor licence
- Application for a permanent change to a liquor primary licence.
- Application for a permanent change to a food primary liquor licence requiring Council approval. For example, for hours past midnight, restaurant lounge or patron participation entertainment.
- Application for a permanent change to a food primary licence where a resolution from Council is not required. For example, for hours up to midnight, no restaurant lounge and no patron participation entertainment.
Temporary change to liquor licence
- Application for a temporary change to a food primary or a liquor primary licence
Special Occasion Licensed and Catering Licensed Events
- Special Occasion Licences (SOL) are issued by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch and require approval by the RCMP. Learn more on the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch website. Some SOL and catering licensed events require municipal review or approval. See Municipal Liquor Licensing Policy, Council Policy G-17 for details on the review process.
Liquor Licence Advisory Committee
The RMOW’s Liquor Licence Advisory Committee (LLAC) provides input and recommendations on licence applications brought before Council for consideration. The structure of and appointments to the LLAC have been established by Council to provide representation from key community stakeholders and municipal staff.
- Municipal Liquor Licensing Policy, Council Policy G-17
- Liquor License Application Processing Fee Bylaw No. 2035, 2013
Frank Savage, Planner
604-935-8165 or 604-935-8182 (Resort Experience Administration)
Provincial Liquor Inspector
Holly Glenn, B.C. Liquor Licensing Inspector