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Distilled Spirits Laws, Regulations, and Public Guidance

For easy access, you can read Title 27 - Code of Federal Regulations and public laws relating to the distilled spirits industry.


Chapter 51 of the Internal Revenue Code

Federal Alcohol Administration Act (27 U.S.C., Chapter 8)

Public Law 107-188 - The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002


Part 1 - Basic Permit Requirements Under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, Non-Industrial Use of Distilled Spirits and Wine, Bulk Sales and Bottling of Distilled Spirits

Part 5 - Labeling and Advertising of Distilled Spirits

Part 6 - "Tied-House"

Part 8 - Exclusive Outlets

Part 10 - Commercial Bribery

Part 11 - Consignment Sales

Part 13 - Labeling proceedings

Part 16 - Alcoholic Beverage Health Warning Statement

Part 19 - Distilled Spirits Plants

Part 26 - Liquors and Articles from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Part 27 - Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wine, and Beer

Part 28 - Exportation of Alcohol

Part 29 - Stills and Miscellaneous Regulations

Part 30 - Gauging Manual

Public Guidance

Formal interpretations of TTB and ATF regulations

Formal instructions to the industry that supplement TTB regulations

Industry Circulars 
Guidance to help industry members understand and comply with applicable laws and regulations

Frequently Asked Questions 
Listing of popular questions and answers relating to the distilled spirits industry


Questions?  If you have questions regarding permits, applications, bonds, tax payments, etc., you may contact the National Revenue Center online or at 877-882-3277 (Toll Free), or see more distilled spirits contacts.

Last reviewed: December 24, 2015
Last updated: September 20, 2021
Maintained by: Regulations and Rulings Division