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What are the types of Alcoholic Beverage Control retail licenses?

  • On-Sale General-authorizes the sale of all types of alcoholic beverages: namely, beer, wine and distilled spirits, for consumption on the premises, and the sale of beer and wine for consumption off the premises.
  • Off-Sale General-authorizes the sale of all types of alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises in original, sealed containers.
  • On-Sale Beer and Wine-authorizes the sale of all types of wine and malt beverages (e.g., beer, porter, ale, stout and malt liquor) for consumption on and off the premises.
  • Off-Sale Beer and Wine-authorizes the sale of all types of wine and malt beverages for consumption off the premises in original, sealed containers.
  • On-Sale Beer-authorizes the sale of malt beverages for consumption on and off the premises. (Sections 23393, 23394, 23396 and 23399)
For more information consult the Alcoholic Beverages Control Department (ABC)  or call (916) 419-2500. 

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