Hospitality venue inspections and convictions
Fire Prevention officers conduct inspections of hospitality and late-night venues around Edmonton. Officers inspect occupant loads and other criteria as identified in the Alberta Fire Code, such as fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, clear and operating exits and more.
Overcrowding and other fire safety offences pose serious risks to patrons and the danger is potentially fatal. Patrons have the right to full transparency of convictions and other information in order to make informed choices.
2018 Hospitality Fire Code Convictions
- On September 17, 2018, O2 Whyte Partnership pleaded guilty to overcrowding and received a $4,000 fine as well as a $600 victim surcharges fine
- The charges are related to overcrowding during an inspection on an Oilers' playoff night on April 14, 2017 at O2’s Taphouse, located at 8217 104 Street
- On July 17, 2018, Nyala Lounge (located at 98 Street and 108 Avenue), pleaded guilty to a charge of overcrowding and received a fine of $3000 to the company and $2000 to Mulugeta Tesfay, the owner
- The charges are related to an incident of overcrowding on March 5, 2017
Hudsons on Whyte
- On May 14, 2018, Hudsons on Whyte pleaded guilty to overcrowding and received a $7,000 fine
- The charges are related to overcrowding during an inspection on an Oilers playoff night on April 12, 2017
Fines and Occupancy Loads
Businesses can be fined up to $100,000 for a first overcrowding offence and up to $500,000 for subsequent violations. Provincial Courts determine the amount of the fine. Occupancy loads are set by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and monitored by Edmonton Police, the Public Safety Compliance Team and by fire officials, during routine inspections.