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

Food & Drink Establishment Guidelines
May 26, 2020

Phase 1 Re-opening FAQ's

All license types, including taprooms and clubs, that comply with the Phase 1 guidelines are permitted to reopen effective June 1, 2020.

All on-premise licensees, including taprooms, that open June 1 must comply with all of the guidelines, including requiring reservations to seat patrons.

On premise licensees that sell food are still permitted to sell food and alcohol for pick-up or curbside delivery so long as the alcohol is in a closed container and the alcohol comprises no more than 40% of the entire sale.

Bar stools do not have to be removed, but no sitting or standing at bars is permitted.

Yes, a high top table with stools/chairs is considered table seating

Music may be played indoors, but not on outside premises, so long as social distancing is followed. Customers are NOT permitted to leave their seats for any purpose other than to use the rest room. Dancing, playing darts or pool are not permitted activities.

You may use your currently licensed patio, but must alter the floor plan to insure that there is the proper distance between tables (8 feet for tables with chairs). If you wish to expand the currently licensed patio, or if you don't have a patio and wish to utilize outdoor space, you must apply for the expanded premise.

There is no new restriction on the hours you are permitted to be open, so you are free to serve alcohol from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.