Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

 The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regulates the manufacture, distribution, sale, and transportation of all alcoholic beverages in New Jersey. ABC’s statutory mission is to regulate and control the alcoholic beverage industry in order to foster moderation and responsibility in consumption of alcoholic beverages, to protect the citizens of New Jersey by assuring lawful, proper, and fair trade practices to maintain the stability of the industry, and protect the collection of state taxes imposed on alcoholic beverages.

Online Licenses & Permits

POSSE Online License, Permit and Brand Registration Applications

Notices

Advisories, Notices, Orders and Special Rulings

ABC Handbooks

For Retail Licensees and Municipal Clerks

ABC Emergency Trip Permit

No in person visits to ABC offices are permitted without an appointment. ABC staff will be available for telephone or video conferences. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to make payments due to ABC by E-check or credit card.

Intoxicated Driver Last Drink Report

ABC Alerts

NOTICE TO ALL LIMITED BREWERY LICENSEES AND LIMITED BREWERY TAP HOLDERS CONCERNING LICENSE RENEWALS FOR 2023-2024 TERM

Attention all Brand Registrants

The Product/Brand renewal process will begin on or about November 16, 2023, at which time Brand Registrants may initiate the renewal of their product(s) in POSSE.

The data on your renewal application reflects the products that were registered before November 15, 2023. If an existing product does not include the variety, UPC, TTB/COLA, and unit information, the registrant will need to complete an amendment to the product(s) before the renewal application can be submitted. This product amendment will be free of charge until December 31, 2023, which is the expiration of the renewal period. Brand Amendment Instructions

All products that are registered on or after November 16, 2023 will expire December 31, 2024, and therefore, do not have to be renewed at this time. The renewal fee is $23 per product and all fees related to product renewals are non-refundable by the Division.

Notice Requesting Comment on ABC’s Proposed Prescribed Template for Current Price List Filings.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is requesting your comments on ABC’s proposed prescribed template for the Current Price Listing (CPL) pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:2-26.4(a)(4).  Comments, if any, are due by July 5, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact DAG Andrew Sapolnick at andrew.sapolnick@njoag.gov.  The Notice can be viewed here.

Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permits (Update October 28, 2022):

On August 3, 2022, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2022, c. 85, which automatically extends the expiration date of any Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit issued by the Division to November 30, 2024.  If a licensee possesses a Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit, no renewal application is required.  A copy of the Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit certificate (with the November 30, 2024 expiration date) has been emailed to each permit-holding licensee.  In accordance with the new law, municipalities may file an objection to the continued operation of the permit with the Division.

New Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permits require municipal zoning pre-approval pursuant to P.L. 2021, c. 15 before an application for a Covid-19 Expansion of Premise permit can be considered by ABC.

See Administrative Order 2022-04 for more information on the Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit and the Open Container Area Law, P.L. 2021, c. 395

Communications Update

ATTENTION – E-Mail is the preferred method to communicate with ABC. In-person visits to ABC offices are discouraged and none are permitted without an appointment. ABC staff are available by email and telephone. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to communicate by email. Payments due to ABC should be made by E-check or credit card. If you have a question or need information, send an email to ABCpublic@njoag.gov for a prompt reply. 

ABC subscribes to a telephone translation service. If English is not your first language, please tell the ABC representative that you would like a translator. You will be asked to provide the language and/or dialect of your choice. You will be placed on hold for a short time in order to allow ABC to contact the translation service.

Many ABC services are available through POSSE, the ABC on-line licensing system. Applications available on POSSE must be submitted on line. If you need assistance with passwords, online access codes, or any technical POSSE issue, please send an email to posseadmin@njoag.gov with your license number and POSSE user ID and a brief description of the problem. If you call by phone, it may take longer to resolve your issue.

Seasonal Farm Market Permits

Applications for the Daily and Seasonal Farm Market permits are now available for certain manufacturing licensees (limited brewery, restricted brewery, farm winery, plenary winery, craft distillery, cidery and meadery) and must be filed on-line through POSSENo paper applications will be accepted.  The clerk and the police chief will be notified through POSSE when the application is filed, however, no action by municipal officials is required. Details are available at SR 2021-01 or contact the Counsel to the Director’s Office at (609) 984-2830.

Recent News

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Lifts Conditions on Breweries from 2019 Administrative Order after Signing of Legislation by Governor Murphy

In an Administrative Order released today, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced that the legislation signed by Governor Murphy to create new on- and off-premise privileges for holders of craft manufacturer licenses has superseded the May 28, 2019 Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (2019 Special Ruling).

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Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Updates Limited Brewery Licensees and Temporary Permit Holders Regarding June 30, 2023 Guidance

In a notice delivered to all limited brewery licensees and limited brewery Temporary Authorization Permit (TAP) holders today, Director James Graziano of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“Division”) announced that the Division would continue to delay enforcement of certain aspects of its guidance regarding brewery activities and events through January 16, 2024.

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Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Notices Limited Brewery Licensees and Temporary Permit Holders Concerning License Renewals for 2023-2024 Term

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2023 Office of The Attorney General- Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney GeneralDivision of Alcoholic Beverage Control- James Graziano, DirectorFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-OAGpress@njoag.govRenewal Notice TRENTON – In a notice...

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