Liquor Licences are issued by the Provincial Government's Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)

The LCLB will not issue new liquor licences or amend existing licences for liquor‑primary establishments such as pubs, bars and nightclubs without local government support. The person wishing to apply for a new licence or to amend an existing licence for an establishment located within the District's jurisdiction should contact the District of Sparwood to receive a copy of the District's Delegation Bylaw.

Special Occasion Liquor Licences

Under the Delegation Bylaw, the Director of Community & Facility Services has been delegated the authority to support the issuance of a Special Occasion Liquor Licence (SOL) by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for an event that is to be held at a public facility or in a public park.

When considering supporting a SOL, the Director shall take into consideration when determining to support or refuse permission for liquor at the event:

  • The location, nature and duration of event;
    • All youth events and minor sports events, including banquets are designated as events not suitable for alcohol use.
    • Consideration will be given to the proximity of youth to facilities and fields for alcohol use when booking the event.
  • The proposed quantity of liquor in relation to the number of adults attending the event;
  • Previous compliance by applicant for a similar event; and
  • Impact to surrounding neighbours.

The Director may require restrictions be imposed, such as limited hours of liquor service be placed on the SOL, types of alcohol to be served, to ensure that:

  • Facilities and recreational areas are safe for people using them, whether intoxicated or not.
    • Event applicant must provide proof of liability insurance ($5 million minimum) to the Director of Community & Facility Services, or designate, with the District named as an additionally insured party at least 14 days prior to the event.
    • Event applicant must agree to attend the event and be responsible for making decisions about the operation of the event based on LCLB and municipal regulations.
    • Event applicant must demonstrate that he/she understands the LCLB requirements and regulations.
  • Patrons are monitored to ensure that they behave responsibly and are not intoxicated.
  • All patrons are kept safe.
Information Needed to Apply for a New Licence

The following information is required when submitting a Liquor Licence application:

  • applicant's name, mailing address, telephone/fax number, email address;
  • licensee name on liquor licence (establishment);
  • type of licence required (liquor-primary or food-primary*);
  • proposed hours of operation;
  • seating capacity;
  • drawing of establishment;
  • proposed activity and entertainment;
  • specific markets being targeted;
  • noise abatement measures undertaken;
  • specifics of staff training; and
  • community impact statement outlining the proposed establishment's potential for positive and negative impacts on the community.

Note* Food Primary licence applications are only reviewed when liquor service is to extend past midnight or for patron participation entertainment.

Information Needed to Amend an Existing Licence

All permanent change applications which require public consultation are considered by Council.  Permanent changes include:

  • Liquor-Primary licences: relocation, extension of hours, capacity increase or patio; or
  • Food-Primary: patron participation entertainment or liquor service past midnight.

The following information is required when submitting a permanent or temporary change application:

  • applicant's name, mailing address, telephone/fax number and email address;
  • licensee name (as shown on licence);
  • copy of existing licence (establishment);
  • type of licence (liquor-primary or food-primary);
  • hours of operation;
  • drawing of establishment; and
  • type of change requested (i.e: name changes, change of hours, entertainment endorsement, structural change, increase in seating capacity, etc.).