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If the crime you are reporting is an emergency, call 911.
If the crime you are reporting is not an emergency, you can call the non-emergency line at 604-525-5411 or attend our Front Counter at 555 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC.
Public and private events (e.g. weddings, tastings, community events)
Members of the public wanting to serve liquor in a public place or sell liquor anywhere, will need either a private or public Special Occasion License.
A private special occasion is an event that is limited to attendance by:
The occasion may be:
Pre-wedding parties, such as stags or bachelorettes do not qualify for a private or public special occasion license and must be held in a licensed establishment or a residence.
A public special occasion is open to anyone who wishes to participate or buy a ticket, either at the door or in advance of the event.
The occasion may be:
The NWPD can only grant liquor licenses for public or private events occurring in the City of New Westminster.
The host of the special event (either an individual or a designated representative from a club or other group) must apply for the Special Occasion License. Caterers, paid or unpaid managers or event coordinators cannot apply on the host’s behalf.
An applicant for a Special Occasion License must be at least 19 years old and either:
Applicants for a Special Occasion Liquor License private or public function must first attend a BC Government Liquor Store and complete an application. This application must be completed in consultation with BC Government Liquor Store staff, and include such information as quantities of and pricing of alcohol being served.
Once completed, approved and stamped by BC Government Liquor Store staff, the application can then be brought to the NWPD front counter. A member of the Community Services Section shall review all Special Occasion Liquor License applications for final approval. Once the license has been approved, the applicant will be contacted to so they can pick up the license. Please note, the NWPD requires at least Five (5) business days to review and approve all applications.
Special Occasion Liquor License holders are subject to the same enforcement penalties for liquor infractions as commercial bar owners. Special Occasion Liquor License holders are liable for any contraventions which occur while the license is in effect, and this liability will continue for up to six months after the event has ended.
When hosting an event under a special occasion license, the host’s cannot:
In addition, you must ensure: