• Liquor Licenses

  • Karyn Nielsen
    ABC of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz
    1137 Westridge Parkway
    Salinas, CA 93907

    (831) 755-1990
    (831) 755-1997 FAX

    sal.direct@abc.ca.gov

  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)

    In cooperation with local communities, ABC will meet licensing, enforcement and regulatory mandates. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control administers the provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act in a manner that fosters and protects the health, safety, welfare, and economic well being of the people of the State. Upon the repeal of prohibition in 1933 and the return of the legal sale of alcoholic beverages to California, taxation and regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages were given to the State Board of Equalization. In 1955, an amendment to the State Constitution became effective removing the duty of regulating the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages from the State Board of Equalization and placing it in the new Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

  • Types of California Liquor Licenses

    Temporary Licenses

    • Temporary Retail Permit (Only in conjunction with a Person to Person transfer)

    Nonprofit Temporary Licenses

    • Special Daily License (Temporary Beer or Wine)
    • Daily Beer
    • Daily Wine
    • Daily Beer and Wine
    • Daily On-Sale General

    Off-Sale Licenses

    • Off-Sale Beer and Wine
    • Off-Sale General
    • Limited Off-Sale Retail Wine License

    On-Sale Licenses

    • On-Sale Beer
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Bona Fide Public Eating Place
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Public Premises
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Train
    • On-Sale Beer for Fishing Party Boat
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Boat
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Airplane
    • On-Sale General for Bona Fide Public Eating Place
    • On-Sale General for Public Premises
    • On-Sale General for Seasonal Business
    • On-Sale General for Club
    • Club
    • Veterans' Club
    • On-Sale General for Train
    • On-Sale General for Boat
    • On-Sale General for Airplane
    • On-Sale General for Vessel of more than 1,000 tons burden
    • Special On-Sale General
    • Caterer's Permit
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Seasonal Business
    • On-Sale Beer for Seasonal Business
    • On-Sale Beer for Public Premises
    • On-Sale General Bona Fide Public Eating Place Intermittent Dockside Vessel
    • On-Sale Beer and Wine for Hospital
    • Special On-Sale General Theatre
    • Special On-Sale Beer and Wine, Symphony
    • Controlled Access Cabinet Permit
    • Bed and Breakfast Inn
    • Portable Bar
    • Special On-Sale Beer & Wine Theater
    • On-Sale General Restrictive Service
    • On-Sale General Brew-Pub
    • On-Sale General Maritime Museum Association
    • Event Permit
    • On Sale General Wine, Food and Art Cultural Museum
    • Special On-Sale General Bed and Breakfast Inn
    • On-Sale General Caterer's License
    • Instructional Tasting License

    Non-Retail Licenses

    • Beer Manufacturer
    • Winegrower
    • Brandy Manufacturer
    • Distilled Spirits Manufacturer
    • Distilled Spirits Manufacturer's Agent
    • Still
    • Rectifier
    • Wine Rectifier
    • Beer and Wine Importer
    • Beer and Wine Importer's General
    • Brandy Importer
    • Distilled Spirits Importer
    • Distilled Spirits Importer's General
    • Public Warehouse
    • Customs Broker
    • Wine Broker
    • Beer and Wine Wholesaler
    • Distilled Spirits Wholesaler
    • Industrial Alcohol Dealer
    • Wine Blender
    • Small Beer Manufacturer
    • Distilled Spirits Rectifier's General
    • California Brandy Wholesaler
    • Out-of-State Beer Manufacturer's Certificate
    • California Winegrowers Agent
    • Out-of-State Distilled Spirits Shipper's Certificate
    • Winegrape Grower's Certificate
    • Certified Farmers' Market Sales Permit
    • Wine Sales Event Permit
    • Direct Shippers Permit