The Office of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC) is headed by Commissioner, John H. Cordrey. The Office grants/denies applications for liquor licenses, approves/disapproves requests for modifications to licensed establishments, performs inspections and grants renewals of liquor licenses.

The ABC Commissioner is also the Judge who hears violations against licensed liquor establishments that are forwarded by Agents from the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement. Violations are adjudicated by the ABC Commissioner during the administrative hearing process. The ABC Commissioner may impose sanctions and penalties against licensed liquor establishments that are found to be in violation of state laws and/or administrative rules related to the operation of the establishment. Penalties imposed by the ABC Commissioner can range from a reprimand, fine, suspension, or revocation of the liquor license.

Virtual Hearings

The OABCC will be conducting virtual hearings on violations of Delaware alcohol rules and laws as well as protested licensee applications. A list of scheduled hearings and access links can be found on the public meeting calendar.

View the instructions on how to join the virtual hearings.


Governor's SOE Commissioner Cordrey Issues Emergency Orders

29th Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency
May 18, 2021

  • There no longer will be capacity restrictions. Businesses can operate at 100% capacity, as long as you can also maintain 3 feet of social distancing between people.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, with the exception of:
    • State buildings
    • Public transit
    • Planes
    • Schools and child care facilities
    • Health care facilities
    • Congregate settings (prisons, homeless shelters)
  • Businesses may impose mask requirements for customers and employees.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should still wear masks in public settings.
  • Those not fully vaccinated, including children not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, should continue to wear masks around others who are outside their immediate household.
  • For more information, visit: https://news.delaware.gov/2021/05/18/governor-carney-signs-29th-modification-eliminates-distancing-and-mask-mandate/

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