Site-C applying for liquor license for accommodation lounge

A rendering of B.C. Hydro's Site C project.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Site C is applying for a liquor license for the accommodation lounge on site.

The Peace River Regional District says they first need to decide if the board wants to respond and comment on the application or that the board declines to comment on the application.


According to the agenda for a Regional District Board Meeting, the board must take into account the following factors.

“If the Board decides to comment on the application then they must take into account the following criteria: (a) the location of the establishment; (b) the proximity of the establishment to other social or recreational facilities and public buildings; (c) the person capacity and hours of liquor service of the establishment; (d) the number and market focus or clientele of liquor primary licence establishments within a reasonable distance of the proposed location; (e) the impact of noise on the community in the immediate vicinity of the establishment; (f) and (g) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 26/2011, Sch. s. 1.] (h) the impact on the community if the application is approved.

If the Board desires to comment on the application, then they must also decide if the views of the residents will be considered and how those views will be gathered. This is not mandatory.”

Council has 90 days to either provide comments, in the form of a Council resolution, to the General Manager of the Branch, or to say that they wish to “opt out” of the process.

Site C wants to have the lounge open from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm, every evening.

According to the report, the applicant has met the eligibility and suitability requirements of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.