Allied Golf Association of BC Supports the BC Government’s Move to Cut Red Tape for BC Golf Courses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 25, 2014

Vancouver, BC – The Allied Golf Association of BC (AGA-BC) congratulates the BC Government for cutting the red tape around the licencing of special events, making it easier for golf courses in BC to expand their liquor-licenced areas.

The AGA-BC welcomes these liquor modernization initiatives, which many golf courses requested during the recent Liquor Policy Review Process. These changes will allow greater flexibility for events and activities for over 300 golf courses spread across all regions of our province.

“It’s great to see the government really working hard to cut red tape for small business and tourism operations in the province. Golf courses throughout B.C. extend their licensed areas quite often for our customers, to host weddings and for large gatherings. This change will be a great relief for many. The time, money and effort that currently goes into the application process can now be used more effectively, and we think it is a great move.” said Kris Jonasson, executive director of the BC Golf Association.

Under the new rules announced yesterday, golf courses can apply starting December 9th 2014 for a single license endorsement that covers up to 26 events in a calendar year. In the past, golf courses had to apply separately for each event for a cost of about $330, and they were limited to only six per year.

The Allied Golf Association of BC (AGA-BC) represents the interests of the golf industry for over 300 golf courses across British Columbia. The Association speaks on behalf of British Columbia’s golf industry to the public, media and government.  The BC golf industry employs over 44, 000 people in BC and generates $4.97 billion in total gross production through direct, indirect and induced spending impacts.

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Media Contact:
Trevor Smith
President
Allied Golf Association of BC
250 320 6411
president@aga-bc.org

BC Government News Release: Liquor Policy Review

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VICTORIA – Government is cutting red tape around licensing, making it easier and more cost-effective for golf courses and ski hills to expand their liquor licence areas, as a new batch of Liquor Policy Review updates is rolled out.

Made in direct response to feedback heard during the Liquor Policy Review, ski hills and golf courses can apply, starting on Dec. 9, for a single licence endorsement that covers up to 26 events in a calendar year, rather than having to apply and pay separately for each extension.

Businesses were previously burdened making one-off, temporary changes – at a cost of $330 each time, with a maximum of six per year – whenever they wanted to expand their licensed area for an event, such as a putting green area during a golf tournament, or adding an area at a terrain park during a ski or snowboard festival. The updated licence endorsement will encourage ski hills and golf courses to offer more events, weddings, and other tourism opportunities throughout B.C.

Another change in the works – liquor-primary establishments will soon be able to offer more all-ages events, such as concerts and dances, effective Dec. 9. The licence amendment fees will be eliminated and the approval process will be streamlined for applicants – cutting additional red tape for small businesses.

For both of these changes, to help ensure public safety is maintained – all events will continue to be flagged, using a simple online notification application, for the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, which may levy penalties for non-compliance.

To support convenience and transparency for applicants, and help as they undertake licence approval processes, government has also canvassed municipalities and First Nations, encouraging them to post the anticipated wait times for liquor-related application input on their websites.

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Kris Jonasson, Executive Director, BC Golf Association
“It’s great to see the government really working hard to cut red tape for small business and tourism operations in the province. Golf courses throughout B.C. extend their licensed areas quite often for our customers, to host weddings and for large gatherings. This change will be a great relief for many. The time, money and effort that currently go into the application process can now be used more effectively, and we think it is a great move.”