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Liquor license renewal fees deferred

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:38 PDT, Fri May 1, 2020

Last Updated: 3:01 PDT, Mon May 25, 2020

The provincial government has temporarily deferred renewal fees for those liquor licensees experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Liquor licenses that expire between March 31 and June 30 have been temporarily extended by the general manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. This is a response to the significant challenges faced by some in the liquor industry due to COVID-19.

The temporary extension will ease the financial burden of upcoming renewal fees. It 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.

Extended licences must still be renewed prior to their new expiry dates. Renewal fees will be deferred until Sept. 30, and will continue to be calculated in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (LCLR) and, if applicable, s.204 of the LCLR. 

Eligible licensees whose licences fall within the time period noted above, and who find themselves in financial need, may ask for support by emailing a request to: LCRB_COVID19@gov.bc.ca

Licensees who can renew their licence and pay the associated renewal fees in accordance with their current expiry date are encouraged to do so, so those most directly impacted can benefit.

As this is an evolving situation, government will review this temporary provision as the public health crisis progresses.

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