Public Reading Room

The Public Reading Room is located on the fourth floor of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Headquarters building, physically located at 1310 G street, N.W., Washington, D.C. This room provides a location for any interested party to review documents that TTB has made available for public comment and/or review either through the internet or various publications including the Federal Register. Information concerning the use of this TTB facility is provided below.

Hours of Operation:

Walk-in hours-10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Closed Monday, Friday and Federal holidays.

By Appointment-To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-927-2533 (toll free), select option 3 or 202-453-2250 and select the appropriate option.

Procedure to Use the TTB Public Room:

Upon entering the building lobby, you may either ask the security guard to call 202-508-0407. You will then be escorted to the Public Room where you may conduct business as usual, and you will be escorted back to the lobby when you are finished. If you need to meet with a TTB employee, please make an appointment in advance.

Page last reviewed: November 17, 2016
Page last updated: April 17, 2019
Maintained by: Office of Communications, Regulations and Rulings Division

Laws, Regulations, and Public Guidance

Our collection of formal public guidance includes rulings, procedures, delegation orders, industry circulars, and other publications issued to help the regulated industries understand TTB regulations, policies, and other requirements.

  • Statutes
    Laws written by Congress that provide the authority for TTB to write regulations

  • Regulations
    Regulations that explain the technical, operational, and legal details necessary to implement laws

  • Rulings
    Formal interpretation of TTB and ATF regulations

  • Procedures
    Formal instructions that supplement TTB regulations

  • Industry Circulars
    Announcements regarding events or TTB policies that affect the regulated industries

  • Notices of Rulemaking
    TTB proposes new or amended regulations by publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register

  • TTB Public Reading Room
    Information about using the TTB public reading room

  • Treasury Decisions
    Official rules of the Department of the Treasury
  • Public Guidance
    Guidance issued to help industry members understand TTB regulations and policies

 

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For more information on regulations and public guidance, contact the Regulations and Rulings Division at 202-453-2265 or online.

Page last reviewed: November 17, 2016
Page last updated: April 17, 2019
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Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act Penalty

The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act (ABLA) of 1988 requires that a health warning statement appear on the labels of all containers of alcoholic beverages manufactured, imported, or bottled for sale or distribution in the United States, as well as on containers of alcoholic beverages that are manufactured, imported, bottled, or labeled for sale, distribution, or shipment to members or units of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those located outside the United States. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulations implementing ABLA are found in 27 CFR part 16.

The Act provides that any person who violates the provisions of the ABLA is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $10,000, with each day constituting a separate offense (see 27 U.S.C. 218). However, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, requires agencies to make periodic cost-of-living adjustments to civil monetary penalties (other than those in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Tariff Act of 1930). TTB publishes notices in the Federal Register to notify the public of the adjusted maximum penalty for violations of the ABLA (see 27 CFR 16.33). The adjusted penalties are recorded on this Web page.

Time when violation is assessed

Violation subject to a civil penalty of not more than:

After November 18, 1988 and before July 1, 2016

$10,000

July 1, 2016, to January 9, 2017

$19,787

January 10, 2017, to January 11, 2018

$20,111

January 12, 2018, to April 11, 2019

$20,521

April 12, 2019, and after

$21,039

Each day on which a violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense.

For more information on Federal civil penalty inflation adjustments, please see the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act.

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202-453-2265 or online.

Page last reviewed: June 30, 2016
Page last updated: April 17, 2019
Maintained by: Regulations and Rulings Division