Requirements and Guidelines

Detailed requirements and guidelines for eligibility, submission, and approval of renewal fee waiver.

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  1. A license must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a COVID-19 renewal fee waiver during the period of March 1, 2021, through February 28, 2023:
    1. The license type shall be one of the following: 02, 23, duplicate 23, 40, 41, 42, 47, duplicate 47, 48, duplicate 48, 49, duplicate 49, 50, 51, 52, 57, duplicate 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 64, 68, 69, 71, duplicate 71, 72, duplicate 72, 74, 75, duplicate 75, 76, duplicate 76, 77, 78, duplicate 78, 83, 86, 87, duplicate 87, 99;
    2. The licensed premises’ primary operation was disrupted by health and safety restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
    3. The license shall have been active during the period from March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, inclusive.
      1. For purposes of these requirements, “active” means:
        1. License privileges were exercised at any time during the specified period at the licensed premises. This does not include any license that was surrendered or that was indefinitely suspended for the entire period specified;
        2. A catering permit that is issued in conjunction with a license that was itself “active” as defined above, even if the catering permit was not itself used at any time during the specified period; or
        3. A seasonal license for which business operations were restricted due to health and safety orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic barring the exercise of license privileges during the specified period.
  2. For each license that is eligible for a waiver of renewal fees, the licensee shall complete the renewal fee waiver form, ABC-SCF, and submit prior to the expiration date of the license as provided on the renewal notice, plus any extensions provided by the Department as noticed on 2021 Renewal Payment Extension. The renewal fee waiver form must be completed as follows:
    1. The licensee’s name must be the same as it appears on the license certificate.
    2. The renewal fee waiver form shall be signed by the licensee or its authorized designee certifying under penalty of perjury that all of the criteria listed in section (a) are met.
    3. A separate renewal fee waiver form must be submitted for each eligible license, even if it is owned or operated by the same person or entity. If a license has multiple license types associated with it, only one renewal fee waiver request is required. All license renewal fees for licenses that are not eligible for a waiver under these requirements must be paid. Failure to timely pay renewal fees for associated license types that are not eligible to receive a renewal fee waiver shall result in the imposition of penalty fees and may subject the entire license, including those license types that are eligible to receive the renewal fee waiver, to revocation or cancelation.
  3. Special requirements for winegrower (type 02) licenses: The annual renewal fee waiver is available only to type 02 licenses that produced less than 100,000 gallons of wine during the fiscal year in which the license expires. The amount of wine is reported each year on the annual report submitted to the Department pursuant to section 23327. Because this report is not submitted to the Department until after the license expiration date, if a licensee anticipates that the report will show less than 100,000 gallons of wine were produced during the preceding fiscal year, then the waiver request should be submitted. If the report thereafter shows that the licensee was not actually eligible for the waiver, then the full amount of fees shall be payable upon notification from the Department. Failure to submit the waiver as required by these guidelines shall not entitle the licensee to a refund if it is later determined that the production of wine was less than 100,000 gallons. Duplicate 02 license types are not eligible for the fee waiver.
  4. The Department will accept completed renewal fee waiver requests either by mail or electronically.
    1. If submitted by mail, the licensee shall complete all required forms in blue or black ink. The renewal fee waiver form and all required attachments must be sent to the address listed on the waiver request form.
    2. If submitted electronically, the licensee shall sign the form either in ink or electronically. The renewal fee waiver form and all required attachments, including the license renewal form if submitted, must be sent to the email address listed on the renewal fee waiver request form.
    3. Although it is not necessary to submit the renewal notice in conjunction with the renewal fee waiver form, it is recommended to ensure that there are no delays in processing or errors in any remaining fee determinations.
    4. License renewal fee waiver requests should not be submitted more than 60 days prior to expiration date of a license. If a renewal fee waiver request is submitted prior to this time, it may not be processed and may result in the fee waiver request being returned or denied.
  5. If the Department requires additional information to process a renewal fee waiver request, it will contact the licensee using the information provided upon the renewal fee waiver request form. If a licensee fails to provide the Department with the further information requested within 10 business days of the request, the renewal fee waiver request shall be denied. If the contact information provided on the renewal fee waiver request form is incorrect or incomplete and the Department is not able to contact the licensee, the Department may deny the renewal fee waiver request.
  6. The Department will notify a licensee of the denial of a renewal fee waiver request using the contact information provided upon the renewal fee waiver request form. If the contact information provided on the renewal fee waiver request form is incorrect or incomplete and the Department is not able to contact the licensee using, the Department shall send the denial notification to the licensee’s address of record with the Department. If the renewal fee waiver request is denied, the licensee shall submit all fees then due prior to the expiration date of the license or within 15 days of the date of the denial notice, whichever is latest. Failure to submit fees as provided herein shall result in the imposition of penalty fees, or license revocation or cancelation, pursuant to law.
  7. Licensees will receive their renewed license certificate if the waiver is approved and any remaining renewal fees are paid. The license certificate will be mailed to the licensee’s mailing address of record.
  8. Approved renewal fee waiver requests shall be effective only for the one-year license renewal period. Licensees must submit a renewal fee waiver request to receive a renewal fee waiver during the annual license period of March 1, 2021, through February 28, 2023, inclusive, in compliance with these requirements.

Contact

For additional information,
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Bakersfield

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4800 Stockdale Highway., Suite 213
Bakersfield CA, 93309

Phone:
(661) 395-2731
Fax:
(661) 322-5929
Email:
Bakersfield@abc.ca.gov

Concord

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1800 Sutter St., Ste 400
Concord CA , 94520

Phone:
(925) 602-7715
Fax:
(925) 602-7720
Email:
Concord@abc.ca.gov

Eureka

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1105 Sixth St., Suite C
Eureka CA, 95501

Phone:
(707) 445-7229
Fax:
(707) 445-6643
Email:
Eureka@abc.ca.gov

Fresno

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1330 B East Shaw Ave.
Fresno CA, 93710-7902

Phone:
(559) 225-6334
Fax:
(559) 225-8740
Email:
Fresno@abc.ca.gov

LA/Metro

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888 S Figueroa Street, Suite 320
Los Angeles CA, 90017

Phone:
(213) 833-6043
Fax:
(213) 833-6058
Email:
LAMetro@abc.ca.gov

LB/Lakewood

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3950 Paramount Blvd., Suite 250
Lakewood CA, 90712

Phone:
(562) 982-1337
Fax:
(562) 982-1396
Email:
LongBeach/Lakewood@abc.ca.gov

Monrovia

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222 E. Huntington Dr., Suite 114
Monrovia CA, 91016

Phone:
(626) 256-3241
Fax:
(626) 263-9858
Email:
Monrovia@abc.ca.gov

Palm Desert

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34-160 Gateway Dr., Suite 120
Palm Desert CA, 92211

Phone:
(760) 324-2027
Fax:
(760) 324-2632
Email:
PalmDesert@abc.ca.gov

Redding

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1900 Churn Creek Rd., Suite 215
Redding CA, 96002

Phone:
(530) 224-4830
Fax:
(530) 224-9338
Email:
Redding@abc.ca.gov

Riverside

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3737 Main Street, Suite 900
Riverside CA, 92501

Phone:
(951) 782-4400
Fax:
(951) 781-0531
Email:
Riverside@abc.ca.gov

Sacramento

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2400 Del Paso Road, Suite 155
Sacramento CA, 95834

Phone:
(916) 419-1319
Fax:
(916) 419-3994
Email:
Sacramento@abc.ca.gov

Salinas

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1137 Westridge Parkway
Salinas CA, 93907

Phone:
(831) 755-1990
Fax:
(831) 755-1997
Email:
Salinas@abc.ca.gov

San Diego

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1350 Front St., Room 5056
San Diego CA, 92101

Phone:
(619) 525- 4064
Fax:
(619) 231-1171
Email:
SanDiego@abc.ca.gov

San Francisco

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33 New Montgomery St., Suite 1230
San Francisco CA, 94105

Phone:
(415) 356-6500
(415) 356-6501
(415) 356-6502
(415) 356-6503
Fax:
(415) 356-6599
Email:
SanFrancisco@abc.ca.gov

San Jose

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100 Paseo de San Antonio, Room 119
San Jose CA, 95113

Phone:
(408) 277-1200
Fax:
(408) 971-9421
Email:
SanJose@abc.ca.gov

San Luis Obispo

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3220 S. Higuera St., Suite 233
San Luis Obispo CA, 93401

Phone:
(805) 543-7183
Fax:
(805) 543-3814
Email:
SanLuisObispo@abc.ca.gov

San Marcos

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570 Rancheros Drive, Suite 240
San Marcos CA, 92069

Phone:
(760) 471-4237
Fax:
(760) 471-6142
Email:
SanMarcos@abc.ca.gov

Santa Ana

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2 MacAurthur Place, Suite 200
Santa Ana CA, 92707

Phone:
(657) 205-3533
Fax:
(657) 205-3520
Email:
SantaAna@abc.ca.gov

Santa Rosa

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50 D Street, Room 130
Santa Rosa CA, 95404

Phone:
(707) 576-2165
Fax:
(707)527-9537
Email:
SantaRosa@abc.ca.gov

Stockton

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31 E. Channel St., Room 168
Stockton CA, 95202

Phone:
(209) 948-7739
Fax:
(209) 546-7853
Email:
Stockton@abc.ca.gov

Van Nuys

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6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 220
Van Nuys CA, 91401

Phone:
(818) 901-5017
Fax:
(818) 785-3761
Email:
VanNuys@abc.ca.gov

Ventura

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1000 South Hill Road, Suite 310
Ventura CA, 93003

Phone:
(805) 289-0100
Fax:
(805) 289-0110
Email:
Ventura@abc.ca.gov