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Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Our mission is to protect the public welfare and interest by regulating the alcoholic beverage industry through licensing, education and the enforcement of alcohol laws and regulations, as well as combating youth access to alcoholic beverages and
tobacco products in the Commonwealth. 

New state ABC laws are in effect as of June 25, 2013

The changes to ABC laws resulting from Senate Bill 13 are now in effect. Read the following fact sheets for detailed information on the new ABC laws.

ABC Summit Information

Senate Bill 13 Fact Sheet for Licensees

Senate Bill 13 Fact Sheet for Local ABC Administrators

Senate Bill 13 Fact Sheet for Microbreweries Distributors and Wholesalers

2013 ABC License Types and Fees

KRS 243.430 provides that state license applications may be rejected if incomplete or if the correct fee has not been remitted with the application. Effective Nov. 1, 2013, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will reject any application for a state license if the application is incomplete or correct fee not paid, in furtherance of this statutory objective.

804 KAR 4:250(2) provides that a Special Temporary License Application must be filed at least five working days prior to the date for which the license is requested. Effective Nov. 1, 2013, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will deny any Special Temporary License Application that is not received by the department at least five working days before the requested license date. Temporary license applications also will be rejected if they lack local administrator approval as required by KRS 243.370.


 Links to the ABC Statutes and Regulations


 News Releases