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Municipal Alcohol Policy

The District of West Vancouver has a new Municipal Alcohol Policy, after development over the course of late 2015 and early 2016.  It was approved by Council on March 7, 2016.

What is a Municipal Alcohol Policy?

The Municipal Alcohol Policy provides clear and consistent guidelines for responsible use of alcohol in public places. It helps guide the approval process for the use of alcohol in designated district parks and facilities within parks—including special events and tournaments—in a manner that promotes the health and safety of all participants and the protection of facilities. This policy provides guidelines for the review and approval of alcohol use in local government-owned and managed facilities.

Why now?

Community requests for use of alcohol in public places are changing, and policy around this has changed at the provincial level, impacting municipal activities for public events, festivals, sport and in leased municipal facilities.

Public consultation process

October 2015–Information gathering
A facilitated workshop was held to seek input from community groups, sports, health, business associations and municipal departments like police for the District’s Municipal Alcohol Policy.
The discussion explored which municipal properties and facilities may or may not permit alcohol consumption; the types of activities and events where alcohol may be permitted; reviewed alcohol-serving management practices and harm reduction and prevention strategies; and other topics brought forward by the community. Following the workshop, a draft policy was crafted and shared with the workshop participants for review and feedback.

November 2015–Community consultation
The draft policy was presented for public comment at an open house on November 24, 2015 in the Atrium of the West Vancouver Community Centre from 6–8 p.m.

January 2016–Review community input and revise draft policy
Workshop participants attended a follow-up session to discuss the revised draft policy in January 2016.

March 2016–Brought to Council
The draft policy was approved by Council on Monday, March 7, 2016.

Municipal Alcohol Policy - Policy Number 02-70-364