The Office of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC) is headed by Commissioner Jacqueline Paradee Mette. The Commissioner establishes rules and regulations to control the business, manufacture, sale, dispensation and distribution and importation of alcoholic liquors within and into the state to ensure the public safety and the best interests of the consumer while not unduly restricting the alcoholic beverage industry.
The Commissioner grants/denies applications for liquor licenses, approves/disapproves requests for modifications to licensed establishments, performs inspections and grants renewals of liquor licenses. The Commissioner is authorized to conduct public hearings on applications for liquor licenses when there is sufficient public interest in the application, or if the Commissioner believes a public hearing is warranted.
The Commissioner is also authorized by statute to hear violations brought by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement against licensed liquor establishments alleged to have violated the Delaware Liquor Control Act. Violations are adjudicated by the Commissioner during an administrative hearing. The 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 Commissioner can include a reprimand, fine, suspension, or revocation of the liquor license.