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ABC COVID-19 UPDATES
Due to State worker furloughs and higher than normal call volume, all matters at ABC are subject to delays. ABC will respond to correspondence, email messages and telephone calls as soon as possible.
ORDERS, ADVISORIES AND SPECIAL RULINGS (updated 7/9/2020):

NJ DOH Protocols for Food or Beverage Service in Outdoor Areas

Special Ruling Amending and Superseding SR 2020-02 (In Part), SR 2020-07, SR 2020-11 and Approving the Industry Credit Resolution, SR 2020-13.

Extension of Credit Relaxation to July 15, 2020, SR 2020-11

Covid 19 Expansion of Premise Permit SR 2020-10

Order Extending Coop Purchasing, Solicitor and Transit Insignia Permits, AO 2020-03

Special Ruling Granting Further Extension of Credit

Cocktails to Go Advisory Notice 2020-06

Order Authorizing Extension of 2019-2020 Municipal and State Licenses and Permits through Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Special Ruling Relaxing Signature Requirement, Product Returns, Credit, Notices of Obligation and Bill and Hold

Special Ruling Relaxing of Transit Insignias

Special Ruling Suspending Enforcement of Any Violations by Plenary Distillery Licensees and Craft Distillery Licensees for Production of Hand Sanitizer or Distilled Spirits to be Used for Hand Sanitizer

Order Extending Certain ABC Permits (Ad Interim, TAPs and Minor Work)

Special Ruling 2020-01 Granting the Relaxation of Schedule A, Paragraph 2(j) of the Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (Allowing Delivery)

 
ABC Guidelines for Sale and Service of Alcohol During COVID 19 Emergency.
AN 2020-03
 
  ABC General Covid-19 Information
Rev. 7/9/2020
  • Consumption licensees may offer service in outdoor areas provided they comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders and that includes NJ DOH Covid 19 Protocols for Food or Beverage Service in Outdoor Areas. NJDOH Executive Directive 20-014 is posted in the column to the left.
  • Licensees that fail to comply with Executive Orders will be subject to ABC enforcement action.
  • Effective immediately, with limited exceptions, individuals in outdoor public areas must wear face covers. Individuals in licensed outdoor areas at bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, or distilleries must wear face covers except when eating or drinking. Customers picking up takeout orders or using restrooms or otherwise inside the premises must wear face covers. Licensees must provide face covers and gloves to all food service personnel.   
  • Outdoor areas now include any open air space that either (1) has no roof or cover or (2) a fixed roof or temporary/seasonal covering/awning, with at least two open sides that would comprise over 50% of the total wall space if the space were fully enclosed.  Executive Order 163.
  • Clubs: Effective immediately, Executive Order 153 allows public and private clubs to open their outdoor areas only. Clubs with liquor licenses are eligible for the new Expansion of Premise permit.
  • New Expansion of Premise Permit: Effective June 15 outdoor service is permitted. Covid 19 restrictions must be observed. This new permit is available to all licensees with retail consumption privileges. The permit will allow licensees to expand their licensed footprint to nearby property to accommodate social distancing. The permit is valid until November 30. There is a one-time $75 fee. ABC is accepting permit applications exclusively through POSSE online. Applications must be endorsed by municipal clerk and police chief through the POSSE portal. No paper applications.
  • Cocktails to Go: Certain consumption licensees are permitted to sell for off premise consumption mixed drinks in up to 16 oz. containers with tamper evident seals. Disposable paper or plastic cups or lids that have holes are not permitted. No one may transport alcoholic beverages for a licensee without an ABC Transit Insignia except carriers with a valid ABC transportation permit. Formal guidance is posted in the column to the left.
  • Licensed bars and restaurants may continue to offer take-out or delivery during regular posted business hours. Until further notice no inside table or bar service are permitted and no one is permitted to consume alcohol inside the premises. Report violations to local police or ABC at 866-713-8392.
  • Credit and return regulations have been relaxed pursuant to Special Rulings posted to the left.
  • The term of all municipal and State liquor licenses and permits has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. Renewals are now available on POSSE.
  • Unless otherwise required by statute or regulation, all documents sent to the ABC should be submitted by email in PDF format to the appropriate ABC Bureau or staff member. Routine filing of paper documents is discouraged. In some cases. Any paper document sent to ABC by mail must also be accompanied by a PDF version on electronic media such as a thumb drive or by email. Please note that at this time OAG-L&PS will not accept submission of an OPRA request by fax or email, but general correspondence can be sent to ABCPublic@njoag.gov.
  • No in person visits to ABC offices are permitted without an appointment. ABC staff will be available for telephone or video conferences. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to make payments due to ABC by E-check or credit card.

 
     
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ADVISORY NOTICES (Electronic Filing)

Advisory Notice Regarding the Extension and Electronic Filing of Close-Out Permits (AN 2020-05)

Advisory Notice on Electronic Filing of Petitions Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.18 and N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.39

ABC Online Licensing System - POSSE
ATTENTION ALL POSSE USERS (LICENSE and PERMIT RENEWALS)

Renewal notifications for retail licenses and permits have been sent out.

Due to the state of emergency, renewals for state and municipal licenses for the 2020-2021 license term must be completed by September 30, 2020. An Administrative Order (AO 2020-02) by the ABC Director can be found here.

ATTENTION ALL POSSE USERS (PASSWORD RESET)

Beginning December 2, 2019, NJ ABC is introducing a new functionality that requires all users of the Online Licensing System to reset their passwords. In addition, this functionality will allow users to recover forgotten passwords.

When logging into the Online Licensing System, users will be prompted to reset their passwords. The Password Reset functionality will utilize the online user’s email address and/or cell phone number that has been registered in POSSE. Instructions for resetting passwords can be found in the Password Reset Manual
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ATTENTION ALL MUNICIPAL CLERKS AND POLICE CHIEFS

All Social Affairs, Catering and Extension of Premises permit applications must be reviewed and endorsed by you using the ABC Online Licensing System. Failure to endorse the applications may result in delay or denial of the permit. Please also ensure that the email address POSSEAdmin@lps.state.nj.us is not blocked by your system spam filter.

 
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  arrow 05/28 - Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues New “Special Ruling” Defining Activities Permitted Under State’s Limited Brewery Licenses - New Guidelines Replace Those Suspended Last Fall
 
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ABC Notices and Updates
  Notice of Action on Petition for Rulemaking - Regulation of Wholesaler Credit Regulation (May 2020)
  ABC Advisory Notice: 2020-03 to Industry Interests Operating During COVID-19 Emergency.
  Special Ruling 2020-01 Granting the Relaxation of Schedule A, Paragraph 2(j) of the Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses
  Notice of Action on Petition for Rulemaking - Regulation of Wholesaler Credit Regulation (Posted in March 2, 2020 – NJ Register)
  Advisory Notice: 2020 Order Permitting Extension of Prices Posted (Relaxation of N.J.A.C. 13:2-24.6(a)(4))
  Advisory Notice: Suspension of January 15, 2020 e-CPL Filing Requirements
  Notice of Action on Petition for Rulemaking: Retail Incentive Program (RIP) Regulation N.J.A.C. 13:2-24.1
  Advisory Notice: Cease and Desist Prohibited Activities During Supplier Brand Promotions (“Party Nights”)
  Notice of Action on Petition for Rulemaking: Regulation of Wholesaler Credit Regulation, N.J.A.C. 13:2-24.4(a) to (h)
  Special Ruling Concerning Combination Offerings
  ABC Online Licensing System Password Reset Announcement
  Notice: Recall - "Jerry's Vodka"
  ABC Notice of Action Granting Petition for Rulemaking – Regulation of Wholesaler Credit Regulation
  Summary of Current Price List Filing for 2018-2019 License Term
  Attention All Brand Registrants: Please Be Aware that Product/Brand Registration(s) Will Expire on December 31, 2019
  Advisory Notice: Digitization and Accessibility of ABC Bulletins
 

Notice of Action on Petition for Rulemaking: Regulation of Wholesaler Credit Regulation, N.J.A.C. 13:2-24.4, et seq.

  Notice of Action on Petition for Rulemaking: Retail Incentive Program (RIP) Regulation N.J.A.C. 13:2-24.1
  Notice of Receipt of Petition for Rulemaking: Wholesaler Credit Regulation

Petition for Rulemaking: Wholesaler Credit Regulation
  Notice of Receipt of Petition for Rulemaking: Retail Incentive Program (“RIP”) Regulation:

Petition for Rulemaking: Retail Incentive Program

Exhibits in Support of Petition
  Notice of Product Recall: View Notice
  Advisory Notice: Wholesale Licensees Regarding Electronic Filing of Current Price Lists
  Notice to: Municipal Clerks, ABC Board Secretary’s and Chief Law Enforcement Officers
  Advisory Notice: Alcoholic Beverage Industry Addressing 2019-2020 Renewal Application Questions
  2019 Order: Permitting Extension of Prices Posted (Relaxation of N.J.A.C. 13:2-24.6(a)(4))
  Advisory Notice: Alcoholic Beverage Industry Prohibiting the Use of Crowd-Sourced Funding
  Fourth Amended Special Ruling: Extending Authorization for Issuance of Temporary Consumer Alcoholic Beverage Festival Event Permits
  Advisory Notice: Limited Breweries Concerning TTB’s Inability to Issues COLAs Due To Federal Government Shutdown

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  Notice: Municipal Issuing Authorities and Licensees Concerning Special Conditions
  Attention All Brand Registrants: Please Be Aware that Product/Brand Registration(s) Will Expire on December 31, 2018
  ABC to Host: Northern/Southern Regional Conference of State Liquor Administrators
  Notice Authorizing: the Creation of a Grand Opening Permit
  Procedures for: Issuance of Ad Interim Permits 2018

Application
  Special Ruling: Authorizing Extension of Certain Permits Held by Limited Brewery Licensees
  Procedure for: Licensees to Petition the Director for the 2018-2019 License Term for Special Ruling Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.39
  Order Permitting: Extension of Prices Posted (Relaxation of N.J.A.C 13:2-24-.6(a)(4))
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