Audit / Investigation Section


The ABC Commission Audit / Investigation Division staff ensures permit holders comply with ABC Laws and Rules through the investigation of applications for ABC permits, review of Financial and Inventory Reports, and audits. After a temporary permit is issued, a Permit Compliance Officer will contact the business to discuss the ABC regulations and to conduct an investigation to determine whether the location qualifies for the permits issued. In some instances, if the temporary permit cannot be immediately issued, a preliminary investigation may be conducted.

The Audit / Investigation Division staff monitors ABC permit holders through inspections and Financial and Inventory reports to ensure they maintain certain qualifications for the permits held. All ABC permitted businesses are subject to being audited; however, mixed beverage permit holders are required to keep the most detailed records.

ABC Commission Rules require all mixed beverage permit holders to maintain full and accurate monthly records of their finances. The Rules require permit holders to submit the required Financial and Inventory Reports on a schedule set by the Audit / Investigation Division. Additionally, ABC Statutes require businesses to meet certain criteria by definition. For example, Mixed Beverage Restaurants shall have gross receipts from food sales not less than thirty percent (30%) of the business’s total gross receipts from food, nonalcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages.