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About the OLCC

Mission & Goals

Our mission is to promote the public interest through the responsible sales and service of alcoholic beverages. 
Our goals: 
Public Safety Principle
  • OLCC’s policy will focus on public safety and community livability considerations when guiding alcohol beverage system growth. 
  • OLCC will meet potential customer demand for alcoholic beverages and outlets in a socially responsible manner.
Economic Development Principle
  • OLCC will enable business people to be viable in their sale of alcohol, supporting economic viability for Oregonians.
  • OLCC will intelligently manage the healthy growth of Distilled Spirits Program so desired distilled spirits products reach the customer timely and efficiently.
Stewardship Principle
  • OLCC will continue to work collaboratively with local government and other partners to gain efficiencies in providing customer service.
  • OLCC will continue to provide responsible stewardship of its assets, managing risks and protecting revenue flow.
  • OLCC will sustain high-level customer service.  It will continue to seek to improve its customer service levels by finding additional efficiencies, improving timeframes for delivering services, and by making information accessible to customers and the public.

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The Organization

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) was created in 1933 by a special session of the Legislature after national prohibition ended. Oregon is a control state with the exclusive right to sell packaged distilled spirits, which are dispersed statewide from a distribution center in Portland and sold in 242 retail liquor stores operated by contracted agents. The agency is headquartered in Portland with regional offices in Bend, Eugene, Medford and Salem.
The OLCC ensures that only qualified people and businesses are licensed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.  Licenses are issued to private businesses such as grocery stores to sell packaged beer and wine, and restaurants, bars and taverns to sell beer, wine and distilled spirits by the glass.
The OLCC works to control underage drinking and alcohol problems with a balanced blend of liquor law enforcement, outreach education, publicity and communication. Much of this is carried out by the agency’s Public Safety Services Program, which includes enforcement and compliance, licensing, and administrative process divisions. OLCC inspectors work extensively with licensees at their premises to help them understand and comply with the laws that govern them.  The agency also administers the Alcohol Server Education Program, which focuses on responsible alcohol service. All alcohol servers must complete the training course every five years.
The OLCC also enforces the Bottle Bill. Under this law, any malt or carbonated beverage container sold in Oregon must have a refund value of at least five cents.

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Agency Overview - Slide Show

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Agency Overview

Fostering Business Growth

Keeping Communities Safe

Investing in Oregon​

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Performance Progress Report

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2015-2017 Governor's Balanced Budget

2015-17 Governor's Balanced Budget (PDF)

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