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About Us

The Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission was established by 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 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.
  • To provide for the raising of revenue.

The Commission is responsible for issuing and regulating alcoholic beverage permits throughout the State of Indiana. The Commission issues and regulates alcohol facility permits for businesses, as well as employee permits for bartenders, waiters, waitresses, salespersons, and clerks who wish to sell, serve, or dispense alcoholic beverages. The Commission is also charged with issuing tobacco sales certificates and regulating the sale of tobacco products in Indiana.

The Commission is comprised of four (4) members who are appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana, and no more than two (2) Commissioners may belong to the same political party. There are also local alcoholic beverage boards in each county that review and investigate all retailer and dealer applications for alcoholic beverage permits within its jurisdiction. The Indiana State Excise Police is the law enforcement division of the Commission that is charged with enforcing the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to alcohol and tobacco, as well as other crimes and infractions.

Our Vision

To foster a safe and healthy marketplace for alcohol and tobacco that meets the needs of permittees and the communities they serve.

Our Mission

To regulate the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcohol and tobacco in Indiana through permitting, education, and enforcement.

Our Core Values

Public Service

We are dedicated to protecting the health, safety, welfare, and economic well-being of all Hoosiers and their communities through alcohol and tobacco regulation, education, and enforcement.

Professional Excellence

We are committed to providing excellent customer service, going above and beyond what is required, always striving for improvement, and treating everyone with the dignity, respect, and compassion they deserve.


We are devoted to serving others and conducting ourselves with integrity, transparency, and fairness in order to cultivate trust and confidence in all we do.


We are focused on improving systems and processes to increase productivity and efficiency while simultaneously embracing change and collaborating with stakeholders.