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About the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission

The goals of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, as defined by state law, are:

  • To protect the economic welfare, health, peace, and morals of the people of the state of Indiana
  • To regulate and limit the manufacture, sale, possession, and use of alcohol and alcoholic beverages
  • To regulate the sale, possession, and distribution of tobacco products, and
  • To provide for the raising of revenue

The Commission issues and regulates permits for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages throughout the State of Indiana. In addition to alcoholic beverage permits for business and facilities, the Commission issues and regulates the employee permits for bartenders, waiters, waitresses, salespersons, and clerks who sell, serve, or dispense alcoholic beverages in the State of Indiana. The Commission is also charged with issuing and regulating tobacco retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

The Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission was created by an Act of the Indiana General Assembly in 1933, following the repeal of Prohibition. Effective July 1, 2001, the agency's name was changed to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

The Commission is comprised of four (4) members appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana. There are also local alcoholic beverage boards in each of Indiana's 92 counties that review and investigate all retailer applications for alcoholic beverage permits in their particular area. The Indiana State Excise Police is the law enforcement agency of the Commission that is charged with enforcing the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to alcohol and tobacco.