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Administrative Rules are under review pursuant to Governor Reynolds' Executive Order 10. Please view more information at: Rule Making: Executive Order 10.

Pursuant to Iowa Code 123.10 (PDF, opens in a new window), the ABD administrator may promulgate administrative rules as necessary to carry out the requirements of Iowa Code 123 (PDF, opens in a new window).

ABD's rule-making procedures are governed by Iowa Administrative Procedure Act 17A (PDF, opens in a new window) and Iowa Administrative Code 185.2 (PDF, opens in a new window).

Additional general information regarding the rule-making process can be found on the Iowa Legislature's website (External link, opens in a new window).

All administrative rules can be reviewed here (External link, opens in a new window).

Administrative Rule Waiver

To petition ABD for a waiver of an administrative rule, please download and complete the Petition for Waiver Form (PDF, opens in a new window). Send the completed form to

Please note, as of February 17, 2021, compliance with county, city, and Department of Inspections and Appeals' rules and regulations regarding toilet facilities, including any waivers granted by those authorities, shall constitute compliance with Iowa Administrative Rule 185.4.2(2) (PDF, opens in a new window). This rule references toilet facilities for any licensee/permittee who hold both a food permit and alcohol license/permit. Once a waiver has been issued by DIA, please forward the waiver to

Public Rule-making Docket

ABD maintains a public rule-making docket (PDF, 50.96 KB, opens in a new window) which lists each anticipated and pending rule-making proceeding. A rule-making proceeding is deemed "anticipated" from the time a draft of proposed rules is distributed for internal discussion within the agency. A rule-making proceeding is "pending" from the time a Notice of Intended Action is published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin (External link, opens in a new window).

Regulatory Plan

Each state agency is required by Executive Order (External link, opens in a new window) to submit an annual Regulatory Plan detailing rule-making initiatives anticipated during the upcoming fiscal year. The agency's Regulatory Plan must also be posted to the agency's website by August 1 of each year.

ABD's Fiscal Year 2023 Regulatory Plan can be found here (PDF, 126.8KB, opens in a new window).

Agency Contact

Any written submissions, written requests, or other communication with respect to administrative rules-related matters may be directed to:

Madelyn Cutler
Administrative Rules Coordinator
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
1918 SE Hulsizer Road
Ankeny, Iowa 50021