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. ABC’s approved regulatory packages can be found on the Approved Regulations page.

Pending Rulemaking

Formal Rulemaking Matters Pending with the Office of Administrative Law

On-Sale Licenses For Boats

This regulatory package was noticed to the public on June 2, 2023. This rulemaking action is in response to a petition that ABC received from stakeholders requesting amendments to Rule 55.5.

Pending Regulatory Package

Premises Expansion

This regulatory package was noticed to the public on September 16, 2022. An initial comment period concluded on November 1, 2022, and a public hearing was also held on November 1, 2022. A second written comment period on the modified proposed regulations concluded on March 13, 2023. 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. Comments for the second modification to the proposed regulations concluded on May 22, 2023. Comments for the third modification to the proposed regulations must be made by 12 p.m. on October 30, 2023.

Pending Regulatory Package

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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