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Virginia Codes and Regulations

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The mission of Virginia ABC is founded on the laws established by the Virginia General Assembly and the regulations promulgated by the ABC Board. The primary resource for legislative and regulatory information is Virginia’s Legislative Information System.
 
 
 
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New Alcohol-Related Laws Effective July 1

Several pieces of business-friendly legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe became effective July 1. The new laws relax restrictions for farm wineries, create new licenses for unique Virginia localities and increase the total amount of distilled spirits that may be served as tasting samples at ABC distillery stores.
 
 
 
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Importing Personal Alcohol

Are you planning to move and ship alcoholic beverages with your household goods to Virginia? The application form you need is available on this web page.You may view Section 4.1-310 of the Code of Virginia for importing alcohol at the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System website.
 
 
 
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Suggested First Offense Penalties

Licensees may accept the penalties outlined in 3-VAC-5-70-210 in lieu of a hearing if they have no other administrative violations within a three-year period preceding the new violation. This is called a consent settlement offer. Standard penalties for these and other administrative offenses may be more or less severe depending on the type of offense, number of previous violations and aggravating or mitigating evidence. For first offenses, licensees may elect to serve the specified suspension or pay the specified civil penalty.
 
 
 
Virginia Code Book

Order the Virginia Code Book

This convenient handbook provides all Virginia statutes and regulations related to alcohol and alcoholic beverage control. Order now and get your own copies while supplies last! Download the order form (PDF).

Primary Sources for ABC Laws and Regulations

 

Code of Virginia

The Code of Virginia (COV) contains the laws (statutes) of the Commonwealth.

Title 4.1 is the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

Title 18.2 establishes crimes and offenses, including driving under the influence, public intoxication and possession of false identification.

Virginia ABC special agents, state police and local law enforcement enforce these laws. Violations are punishable as a criminal act with fines and/or jail time.

 

Virginia Administrative Code

The Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) contains the regulations of state agencies, including Virginia ABC.

Title 3 contains the regulations of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Virginia ABC special agents primarily enforce these rules, which focus on ABC licensees. Violations can be punishable by fines, probation or revocation of the ABC license. These codes represent the agency regulations that apply to COV 4.1

 

Licensee Guidance

Visit the Retail Resources and Industry Resources sections for wine and beer and for distilled spirits for additional information about proper implementation of ABC laws and regulations. Topics range from happy hour advertising to food-beverage ratio requirements.
 

ABC Crimeline

To report an ABC law violation or object to an ABC license: Call (800) 552-3200 or submit the Violation Complaint Form.