Alcohol Beverage Action Team (ABAT)

The ABAT Unit is responsible for licensing, inspecting, and conducting enforcement operations at all alcohol and tobacco establishments within the City of Oakland to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal law. The unit also responds to citizen complaints regarding nuisance bars and stores. In addition, the unit provides free training to educate business owners about various local and state regulations related to their businesses. The goals of ABAT enforcement operations are to (1) decrease criminal and nuisance activity associated with ABC or TRL licensed premises in the City; (2) decrease the sale of alcohol or tobacco products to minors; (3) ensure that all licensed locations are abiding by local, state, and federal laws; (4) educate the public; and (5) bring licensed premised back to productive use through education and enforcement.


A large quantity of banned flavored tobacco products
Apr 22, 2022

Oakland Smoke Shops Cited for Selling Flavored Tobacco to Minors

The Oakland Police Department Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco (ABAT) Unit conducted a special investigation last month, targeting local Smoke Shops. Calls of concern from community members led to the recovery of prohibited flavored tobacco products sold to minors at two stores.

Oakland Police Press Release
Nov 06, 2020

OPD Receives Grant to Prevent Unlawful Sales of Alcoholic Beverages

Oakland, CA – The Oakland Police Department has received a grant of $97,500 from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for a year-long program aimed at preventing the unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, including illegal sales to minors, through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.

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Contact Information:

­­­­­­­­­­­By Phone: (510) 777-8670

By Fax: (510) 777-8682

In-Person visits are by appointment only, to schedule a visit call (510) 777-8670

Click the link below to pay your ABAT invoice online