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If you are applying for or have a current BC liquor license, you have a duty, as specified in your liquor license handbook, to ensure the public consumes alcohol safely and responsibly. To help you, the BC Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (BCLCRB) provides “Social Responsibility Materials” that most licensees must display.
Displaying a poster may seem trivial, and for this reason, some licensees don’t take it as seriously as they should. Failure to display social responsibility posters could put your hard-earned liquor license in jeopardy. BC liquor compliance enforcement officers do make unannounced visits (“spot checks”). If they find that your business isn’t in compliance with laws or the terms of your license, it can result in fines, license suspensions, and in the worst cases, license revocation.
Which BC Liquor Licensees Must Display Social Responsibility Posters?
For most liquor licenses, the terms (found in your Terms and Conditions Handbook) will be as follows:
Display of Social Responsibility Materials
You are required to display at least one social responsibility poster or tent card provided by the LCRB. The materials will be mailed to you and must be displayed in a prominent location of the licensed service area. New materials will be provided to you at regular intervals, free of charge. Additional copies are available from your local liquor inspector or on the branch website.
Always check the Terms & Conditions Handbook for your BC liquor license for up-to-date social responsibility materials terms.
The following licensees must display at least one social responsibility poster or tent card:
Food primary (i.e. restaurants)
View Food Primary Terms & Conditions.
Liquor primary (i.e. bars, nightclubs, lounges)
View Liquor Primary Terms & Conditions.
View Liquor Manufacturers Terms & Conditions.
Licensee retail store (i.e. private liquor stores)
View LRS Terms & Conditions.
Wine stores and special wine stores
Wine Store Terms & Conditions PDF unavailable.
Rural licensee retail stores
View Rural Licensee Retail Store Terms & Conditions.
U-Brew and UVin businesses
View U-Brew/UVin Terms & Conditions. In addition to displaying “at least one social responsibility poster´(as described above), U-Brew and UVin licensees must also display a “Notice to Customers” sign. View the sign PDF.
A Thrive Advisors Compliance Audit Protects Your BC Liquor License
Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors provides many BC liquor licensing services, including our popular liquor license compliance audit. A compliance audit is like a “flight check” ensuring that your business is currently in compliance with BCLCRB licensing terms. We put on our compliance officer hat and identify areas of your business that don’t meet your liquor license terms. We then instruct you how to address any compliance issues we discover.
Purchase an on-site BC Private Liquor Store Compliance Audit, from the Thrive Advisors Online Shop or contact us about audits for other types of BC liquor licenses.