The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (California) does not regulate the imposition of corkage fees. It is not mandatory to do so although it is a common practice with licensed restaurants. Licensees who decide to impose a corkage fee may set the amount of that fee. “BYOB” is the decision of the individual licensee and, in many cases, licensees do not permit patrons to bring in personal alcoholic beverages. Nothing in the ABC Act nor our business regulations require licensees to post their corkage fee policy or the amount of their fees.
David K. Wright
CA ABC Trade Enforcement Unit