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

Premises Expansion

This regulatory package was noticed to the public on September 16, 2022. A correction has been made in both the Initial Statement of Reasons and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the pending Premises Expansion regulation originally posted on September 16, 2022. Any reference to Business and Professions code 25050.5 has been corrected to 25750.5 as of September 26, 2022. ABC has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed Premise Expansion regulation for November 1, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at ABC Headquarters at 3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95834.

Pending Regulatory Package


The written comment period for the Premises Expansion proposed rulemaking closes at 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2022. 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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