Business Regulation

Department of Alcoholic Beverage ControlABC Image

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issues licenses for the sale of alcohol, such as restaurants, stores, and bars. The Department oversees licensees and activities on licensed premises and has the authority to regulate the sale of alcohol on tribal property under federal law and tribal - state compacts. The Department also investigates and enforces laws relating to alcohol distribution, sales and marketing.

Department of Cannabis ControlDCC Image

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is the California state agency that licenses and regulates cannabis businesses. The department regulates the growing of cannabis plants, manufacture of cannabis products, transportation and tracking of cannabis goods throughout the state, sale of cannabis goods, events where cannabis is sold or used, and labeling of goods sold at retail.

Department of Financial Protection and InnovationDFPI Image

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation protects consumers and provides services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. With over 364,000 licensees, the Department regulates a variety of financial services, products, and professionals. The Department oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, money orders and traveler’s checks, and premium finance companies. The Department also regulates the offer and sale of securities and franchises, educates consumers about financial products and services, and alerts them about scams.

California Horse Racing BoardHRB Image

The California Horse Racing Board ensures the integrity, viability, and safety of the California horse-racing industry by regulating pari-mutuel wagering for the protection of the public, promoting horse racing, breeding, and wagering opportunities, and fostering safe racing through the development and enforcement of track safety standards and regulations for the health and welfare of all participants.

For more information on small business efforts please contact the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.