Fairness, Balance,
Integrity & Objectivity

Law & Policy

Be informed about the laws and policies affecting the alcoholic beverage industry. Stay on top of changes to rules and regulations. 


Information about legislative activity affecting the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

Disciplinary Guidelines

Understand the ways in which the Department may discipline licensees that break the law.

Regulations & Rulemaking

Stay on top of proposed, pending, and approved changes to ABC-related rules and regulations.

Precedential Decisions

The Department’s precedential decisions have the same force and effect as a regulation, and may be relied upon and cited as authority for the issue(s) decided.


The ABC was created by constitutional amendment effective January 1, 1955, as an independent department of the executive branch of the state government.

Industry Advisories

Be advised of changes in the law that directly affect the alcoholic beverage industry. 

Public Records Request

Public access to records maintained by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) is governed by the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250, et seq.). California laws can be found at California Legislative Information.