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Annual Reports

ABD is required to each year prepare an annual report to the Governor as required by Iowa Code 123.16 (External link to Iowa Legislature, opens in a new window). The report contains agency information from the previous fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending on June 30. The report also includes all funds on hand and the sources from which the funds are derived. Detailed in the report is the total quantity and kind of liquor sold, along with the increase or decrease of liquor sales from the previous fiscal year. Additionally, the annual report indicates the number of alcohol licenses and permits issued and the amount of license and permit fees collected.

Annual reports dating back to Fiscal Year 2016 are available.

Strategic Plan

In today’s alcohol marketplace, it is important for the ABD to examine its operations to ensure it efficiently manages, allocates its resources, and returns value for the investments dedicated to its mission. This requires a comprehensive organizational strategy to guide decisions about operations and policies regarding marketplace governance.

Learn more about ABD's strategic initiatives.

Review of Iowa Code Chapter 123

On February 1, 2017, ABD and the Iowa Economic Development Authority presented a report of recommendations to Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds after concluding an effort to review Iowa's alcohol laws. The recommendations were intended to create greater economic opportunities for Iowa entrepreneurs, make it easier and more efficient for Iowans to conduct business with state government, make Iowa's alcohol laws easier to understand and enforce, and result in public policy that continues to protect the health and safety of Iowans.

Download the full report (PDF, 9.84 MB, opens in a new window).

Alcoholic Beverage Control Study

On May 12, 2017, with the signing of Senate File 516 (External link to Iowa Legislature, opens in a new window) by former Governor Terry Branstad, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD), in conjunction with other stakeholders ABD deemed necessary, was directed to conduct a study concerning enforcement issues related to alcoholic beverage control. The directive included instructions to consider the manner of properly balancing the appropriate regulation of the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of alcoholic liquor, wine, and beer in the state with emerging market trends in the industry.

Specific areas of study were to include issues relating to the three-tier system of alcohol regulation and Iowa Code section 123.45 (commonly referred to as Iowa's tied house law) as it impacts the ability of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to meet changing marketplace conditions and business opportunities. ABD was required to submit a final report providing the results of the study, as well as any findings and recommendations, to the General Assembly by July 1, 2018.

Download the Alcoholic Beverage Control Study (PDF, 25.7 MB, opens in a new window).