Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

If you or a loved one have concerns about alcohol use and you would like help finding support and treatment, please call 1-844-REACHNJ (1-844-732-2465).

If you would like to learn more about alcohol related support and treatment, information is available at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

 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

COVID-19 Updates

Corona Virus (Covid 19) Notices, Advisories and Special Rulings

ABC Handbooks

For Retail Licensees and Municipal Clerks

ABC Alerts

Notice to All Municipal Clerks and Licensees:

The Division of Taxation (Taxation) will be updating its tax clearance portal with the latest 2021-2022 data on 5/12/21.  Taxation will be notifying all Municipal Clerks of this update in a separate memorandum.

ABC Notice to Limited Breweries and other Licensees Concerning Covid 19 Vaccination Promotions:

Participation of Limited Breweries and Craft Manufacturers in the May 2021 Vaccine Promotion is controlled by Special Ruling 2021-03 and Special Ruling 2021-04. All licensees, please take note of the following:

  • Any Craft Manufacturer may participate in the promotion. No ABC registration is required.
  • One free drink per patron for on premise consumption during the month of May only.
  • In order to participate, patron must display CDC vaccination card indicating first dose vaccination in the month of May 2021.
  • There is no provision to compensate licensees for free drinks distributed as part of the vaccine promotion. Licensee participation is voluntary.
  • The limited brewery tour requirement applies as defined in the May 28, 2019 Limited Brewery Special Ruling.
  • Traditional consumption licensees (e.g. 32, 33, 34 etc.) may offer vaccine promotions that provide a single free drink without further action by ABC.
  • Licensees must keep records of the number of free alcoholic beverages distributed.

Permission for other craft manufacturers to participate in the promotion was approved on May 10, 2021 by Special Ruling 2021-04.

Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permits:

The expiration date of any Covid 19 Expansion of Premise permits issued by the Division has been extended by legislation P.L. 2021, c.15 to November 30, 2022. If a licensee received a Covid 19 Expansion of Premise permit last Summer or Fall, no renewal application is required. New Expansion of Premise permits require municipal zoning approval pursuant to the new statute before an application for a Covid 19 Expansion of Premise permit can be considered by ABC. See Administrative Order 2021-01 for details. 

Seasonal Farm Market Permits

Applications for the new 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 POSSE. No 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 DAG Paul T. Urbish at (609) 376-9635.

ABC General Covid-19 Information
Rev. 3/8/2021

Bar Service by Licensees: For the safety of patrons and employees, on premise consumption at the bar and in the bar area continues to be restricted by Executive Order. The ABC Advisory Notice is posted here.  Please note the following specific provisions:

  • Indoor Bar Service: Licensees are prohibited from seating and serving patrons at any indoor bar area during all operating hours. Service to patrons standing in indoor bar areas is also prohibited during all operating hours.
  • Outdoor Bar Service: Licensees are prohibited from serving patrons standing in outdoor bar areas during all operating hours. Licensees may continue to serve patrons seated at outdoor bar areas.
  • Table Seating & Bar areas: The DOH Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining (December 11, 2020) require establishments with bars to place tables at least six feet from the bar, as measured from the inside of the bar. However, if the bar is not in use by staff and is also blocked off by rope or similar means, tables may be placed closer than six feet to the bar, but licensees must abide by other spacing requirements included in the DOH Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining.

  • Hand Sanitizer Manufacturing. Pursuant to Special Ruling (“SR”) 2020-03, the Division allowed plenary distillery and craft distillery licensees to manufacture hand sanitizer for as long as the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) Public Guidance 2020-1A remained in effect. That guidance, which was originally scheduled to expire on June 30, 2020, has been extended through December 31, 2020. Therefore, SR 2020-03 continues to be valid, and all provisions of that Special Ruling shall continue to apply. Questions about SR 2020-03 should be directed to DAG Paul T. Urbish at 609 376 9635
  • Effective September 4, 2020, all licensees with retail consumption privileges may offer indoor service limited to 25% of their indoor capacity. With limited exceptions, face coverings are required by owners, employees and patrons. Customers must be seated to consume food or beverages. Social distancing must be observed. For important details see, Executive Order 183 and DOH Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining
  • Consumption licensees may continue to offer service in outdoor areas provided they comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders and NJ DOH Covid 19 Protocols for Food or Beverage Service in Outdoor Areas NJDOH Executive Directive 20-014.
  • Licensees that fail to comply with Executive Orders will be subject to ABC enforcement action. Report violations to local police or ABC at 866-713-8392
  • Effective immediately, with limited exceptions, individuals in outdoor public areas must wear face covers. Individuals in licensed outdoor areas at bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, or distilleries must wear face covers except when eating or drinking. Customers picking up takeout orders or using restrooms or otherwise inside the premises must wear face covers. Licensees must provide face covers and gloves to all food service personnel..
  • Outdoor areas include any open air space that either (1) has no roof or cover or (2) a fixed roof or temporary/seasonal covering/awning, with at least two open sides that would comprise over 50% of the total wall space if the space were fully enclosed. Executive Order 163.
  • Clubs: Effective immediately, Executive Order 153 allows public and private clubs to open their outdoor areas only. Clubs with liquor licenses are eligible for the new Expansion of Premise permit.
  • New Expansion of Premise Permit: Pursuant to Special Ruling 2020-10 licensees may expand their service to outdoor areas. Covid 19 restrictions must be observed. This new permit is available to all licensees with retail consumption privileges. The permit allows licensees to expand their licensed footprint to nearby property to accommodate social distancing. The permit is valid until November 30. There is a one-time $75 fee. ABC is accepting permit applications exclusively through POSSE online. Applications must be endorsed by municipal clerk and police chief through the POSSE portal. No paper applications.
  • Cocktails to Go: Certain consumption licensees are permitted to sell for off premise consumption mixed drinks in up to 16 oz. containers with tamper evident seals. Disposable paper or plastic cups or lids that have holes are not permitted. No one may transport alcoholic beverages for a licensee without an ABC Transit Insignia except carriers with a valid ABC transportation permit. Formal guidance is in Advisory Notice 2020-06.
  • Licensed bars and restaurants may continue to offer take-out or delivery during regular posted business hours..
  • Credit and return regulations have been relaxed pursuant to Special Rulings posted to the left.
  • The term of all municipal and State liquor licenses and permits has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. Renewals are now available on POSSE.
  • Unless otherwise required by statute or regulation, all documents sent to the ABC should be submitted by email in PDF format to the appropriate ABC Bureau or staff member. Routine filing of paper documents is discouraged. In some cases. Any paper document sent to ABC by mail must also be accompanied by a PDF version on electronic media such as a thumb drive or by email. Please note that at this time OAG-L&PS will not accept submission of an OPRA request by fax or email, but general correspondence can be sent to ABCPublic@njoag.gov.
  • 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.
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