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 noticed to the public on October 23, 2020. This proposed rulemaking is a certificate of compliance action for a previously approved emergency rulemaking action that is effective through January 25, 2021.

During this certificate of compliance rulemaking process, the Department’s Administrative Emergency Decisions approved emergency regulations remain in effect.

Pending Regulatory Package

Documents Relied Upon

Notice of Scheduled Public Hearing on December 2, 2020

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control received a request for a public hearing on this matter in a public comment received on October 26, 2020. Therefore, the Department hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a public hearing.

December 2, 2020
10:00am—4:00pm

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WRITTEN COMMENT PERIOD

The written comment period for the Administrative Emergency Decisions proposed rulemaking closes at 12:00 p.m. on December 9, 2020. Please submit any written comments to:

Law and Policy Unit
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: rpu@abc.ca.gov

Delivery Minor Decoy Requirements

This regulatory package was submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). OAL now has thirty business days to approve the package for publication and inclusion in the California Code of Regulations or reject and ask for more changes to clarify. The deadline is December 28, 2020. The Department will update this page if it receives notice of the OAL decision prior to that date. 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.