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

This regulatory package was originally noticed to the public on October 23, 2020. To address certain clarification concerns, the Department has withdrawn the certificate of compliance as of April 30, 2021, and intends to resubmit the proposed regulation linked below following an additional 15-day comment period ending on May 26, 2021. In addition, the previously approved Administrative Emergency Decisions emergency regulation has been repealed.

Pending Regulatory Package

Documents Relied Upon


The written comment period for the Administrative Emergency Decisions proposed rulemaking modified language closes at 12:00 p.m. on May 26, 2021. Please submit any written comments to:

Law and Policy Unit
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Proposed Rulemaking

Request for Stakeholder Comment on Preliminary Rulemaking Matters

There are no proposed changes at this time.


For additional information, contact the Law and Policy Unit.

Law and Policy Unit
Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 419-8958

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