Guidance Documents

Overview
Overview

Prior to 2012, the Authority provided guidance through Divisional Orders and Bulletins. Divisional Orders were directed to agency staff, while Bulletins contained information to industry members. Starting in 2010, the Full Board began issuing Advisories in lieu of both Divisional Orders and Bulletins. While most Divisional Orders and Bulletins have been replaced with Advisories or rescinded, some remain in full force and effect. 

In additional to Advisories, the Full Board also issues Declaratory Rulings. These documents are issued at the request of any person seeking a ruling with respect to the applicability of the ABC Law or the Rules of the Authority to any person, property or state of facts. While the Authority has discretion with respect to whether to issue a ruling, if the ruling is issued it becomes binding on the Authority. The ruling cannot be changed retroactively but i can be changed prospectively. A Declaratory Ruling is subject to review.

The Full Board can delegate its powers to the Chairman or agency staff, these are known as Delegations of Power.