Local liquor licence laws are being modernized so persons can renew their licence once per year.
Under current laws, persons must renew their liquor licence every six months; a policy that has been described as archaic and exasperating.
Government is making changes to that policy and to the overall process of renewing the licence to make it less taxing on individuals, Governor Augustus Jaspert said.
He made the announcement while delivering his Speech from the Throne last week.
The process of renewing a liquor licence also involves a magistrate. But, by the looks of things, even that age-old policy will be amended.
Governor Jaspert said the modernized liquor licence laws will “provide for the establishment of a Licensing Board which is comprised of five members who will receive and decide on applications for liquor licences or renewal of liquor licences”.
“[The amended law will also allow for] an increase in the number of licencing days, which will provide more flexibility for customers and will eliminate the need for temporary liquor licences to be issued by the Governor,” he added.
Government has been promising more modern changes to the liquor licence policies for years and has been heavily criticized for dragging its feet and allowing residents to suffer through a tedious renewal process twice per year.
One of the biggest critics on the subject has been veteran businessman, Donald DeCastro.
Copyright 2019 BVI News, Media Expressions Limited. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.