Nov 1, 2011

Bagging Alcoholic Beverages

Over the past several years, the Department has received numerous inquiries concerning
laws or rules that compel retail licensees to place alcoholic beverages in bags or other
containers before handing the beverages to consumers.

Disclaimer: The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regularly archives industry advisories for transparency and historical reference. However, the advisories may not necessarily reflect the current state of the discussed statute or regulation. Please consult the statute, regulation, and/or an attorney before taking any action to ensure compliance with the law.

Be advised that neither the provisions of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act nor the Department’s business regulations require any licensee to put alcoholic beverage purchases in bags or other containers before customers leave the licensed premises. It is possible that some cities or counties may have enacted ordinances that require the bagging of alcoholic beverages. If so, licensees should adhere to these local ordinances.



Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

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Call (916) 419-2500