Regulations & Rulemaking

Be aware of ABC-related rules and regulation changes, whether pending or previously enacted.

Approved Regulations

Formal Rulemaking Matters Approved by the Office of Administrative Law

Rulemaking agencies, like the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, go through the regular rulemaking process outlined in the Administrative Procedure Act, which involves notice to the public, public comment and responses, and a review for necessity and clarity, to establish standards for interpreting and implementing statutes passed by the Legislature. Once completed, approved rulemakings are codified as a regulation with legal effect within the State. The Department’s approved regulatory packages can be found on the Approved Regulations page.

Pending Rulemaking

Formal Rulemaking Matters Pending with the Office of Administrative Law

Administrative Emergency Decisions

An emergency regulatory package was approved temporarily by the Office of Administrative Law on May 28, 2020.  It expires on January 26, 2021. The Department anticipates seeking to make the regulations permanent under a certificate of compliance later this year.

Delivery Minor Decoy Requirements

This regulatory package was noticed to the public on August 7, 2020. This proposed rulemaking is a certificate of compliance action for a previously approved emergency rulemaking action that is effective through January 30, 2021.

During this certificate of compliance rulemaking process, the Department’s Delivery Minor Decoy Requirements approved emergency regulations remain in effect. The Department will continue to actively conduct investigations and minor decoy operations involving deliveries of alcoholic beverages to minors.

Pending Regulatory Package

Proposed Rulemaking

Request for Stakeholder Comment on Preliminary Rulemaking Matters

There are no proposed changes at this time.

Contact

For additional information, contact the Law and Policy Unit.

Law and Policy Unit
Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: rpu@abc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 419-8958

For media inquiries, email pio@abc.ca.gov.