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Laws and Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules

These rules are implemented by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. These regulations are proposed by OLCC and adopted, repealed and amended by the Liquor Control Commission.
Oregon Administrative Rules

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Oregon Revised Statutes

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Rulemaking - The Petition Process

Download the Rulemaking Fact Sheet (PDF)

The process of developing or modifying regulations is called rulemaking. Although rulemaking is often initiated by OLCC staff, individuals or groups may also petition the agency to develop, change, or rescind one of its rules.

Rulemaking by state agencies (including petitions) is governed by the Administrative Procedures Act (ORS Chapter 183) and the Attorney General’s administrative rules (OAR 137-001-0007 through OAR 137-001-0100).

1) Rulemaking petition filed with agency
To be accepted the petition must contain certain legally required sections (ORS 183.390 & OAR 137-001-0070). Some of these include the facts and arguments supporting the rule proposal, comments on the complexity of the rule, how technology and economic factors may have changed, and a draft of the proposed rule language.

2) OLCC accepts and initiates rulemaking, or denies petition
Within 90 days of the OLCC’s receipt of the petition, the agency must either accept or deny it. This includes a public notice and comment period, with a report on the petition presented at an upcoming Commission meeting. If Commissioners vote to accept a rulemaking petition, then the normal rulemaking process begins (typically a six-month process). The Commission is not bound to the originally proposed language or to making any rule changes once the rulemaking process is complete.

3) Advisory Committee
A group of stakeholders representing industry, public safety, and others meet to discuss the initial rule draft(s), give suggestions, and assist with writing a Fiscal Impact Statement.

4) Final rule proposal
OLCC technical and executive staff take stakeholder input into account and decide on a "Final Staff Draft" of the proposed rule language.

5) Public notice and comment period A notice of proposed rulemaking is filed with the Secretary of State (published in the Oregon Bulletin), a public notice is sent to the OLCC rulemaking notice list, a public hearing is held, and a written comment period is established.

6) Commissioners vote on final action
The rules coordinator gathers oral and written comments and presents a report to the Commissioners. They vote at a Commission meeting on whether or not to adopt the proposed rule amendments. If adopted, the changes are usually effective the first of the month following the meeting.

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Rule Actions by Commission Meeting


Rule Actions 
​August 27, 2015 Commission Action on Rules
​July 30, 2015 Commission Action on Rules
​June 25, 2015 ​No Rules on Agenda
​May 28, 2015 ​No Rules on Agenda
​May 1, 2015 ​No Rules on Agenda
​March 27, 2015 ​No Rules on Agenda
​February 26-27, 2015 ​No Rules on Agenda
​January 30, 2015 Commission Action on Rules
​December 18, 2014 ​No Rules on Agenda
​November 21, 2014 ​No Rules on Agenda
​October 23, 2014 ​No Rules on Agenda
​September 10, 2014 ​No Rules on Agenda
​August 21, 2014 Post Commission Meeting Memo
​July 25, 2014 ​No Rules on Agenda
June 25, 2014​ Post Commission Meeting Memo
May 16, 2014 ​ No Rules on Agenda​
April 25, 2014​ Post Commission Meeting Memo
March 21, 2014​ Post Commission Meeting Memo
February 21, 2014​ Post Commission Meeting Memo


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Case Digest and Final Orders

The OLCC issues Final Orders in contested cases involving liquor license and service permit applications and violations of the Liquor Control Act.  Many of these decisions have been summarized in a Case Digest. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The statutes and administrative rules enforced by OLCC have changed considerably over the years. In many cases, this will not be evident from the Digest because a particular issue has not been litigated, or litigated recently, in an OLCC contested case.  Consequently, the reader is advised to use the Digest as a starting point, not a stopping place, for research into a particular subject.  OLCC has attempted to ensure that all summaries accurately reflect the principle of law for which a cited Final Order stands, but the digest is only a summary of a selection of OLCC cases; it is not the complete body of OLCC precedent. The reader bears the responsibility of reading Final Orders in their entirety to determine the accuracy and context of each summary.

Case Digest

Final Orders

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For more information

For questions regarding the rulemaking process, please contact:


Bryant Haley
Administrative Policy & Process




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