Cops warn homeowners against permitting minors to drink on their property

Those who want to drink must be at least 19 years old in B.C.

  • Mar. 22, 2016 3:00 p.m.

An incident over the weekend is prompting the Terrace RCMP to warn homeowners about the dangers and legalities of hosting parties where minors are in attendance and consuming alcohol.

“We are getting into warmer weather and of course, grad season. The host can be civilly responsible for circumstances that may result due to persons having been drinking at their homes such as fights, impaired driving collisions, or whatever else may result from the state people are in after leaving their property,” says Const. Angela Rabut, Community Policing/Media Relations Terrace RCMP.

The Liquor Control and Licencing Act says under section 33 (1) (c) that “A person must not in or at a place under one’s control, permit a minor to consume liquor.” which carries a fine of $575, which can be issued to the host of the party.

The legal age of liquor consumption in British Columbia is 19 years of age.

Go to Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for more information on British Columbia’s liquor laws.