The Liquor Licensee Administrative Actions (LAA) Unit processes administrative violations against liquor license holders.
Notice and Hearing Process
- A Notice of Administrative Action is issued following an investigation by a Kansas ABC agent or other law enforcement officer. The Notice includes a brief description of the alleged violation and the proposed penalty based on the violation, ABC's penalty grid and the licensee's history of violations. The licensee can agree to the penalty or choose to appeal it by requesting a hearing.
- If the licensee requests a hearing, the case is docketed and a pre-hearing conference is scheduled. At this point, the licensee may choose to hire an attorney to represent them throughout the appeal process, or they may represent themselves. The pre-hearing conference is typically conducted over the telephone. The purpose is to determine what the issues are, whether there are any issues in dispute and either resolve the matter or, if no resolution can be reached, to schedule it for an evidentiary hearing. If the case is resolved, the licensee agrees to pay a fine and, in some cases, serve a suspension or have the license revoked.
- Evidentiary hearings are conducted at the ABC offices in Topeka. If the case goes to a full evidentiary hearing, the Assistant Attorney General assigned to ABC and the licensee each present evidence before the ABC Director. Testimony is presented in a sworn fashion pursuant to the Kansas Administrative Procedures Act. If the Director finds the licensee in violation, a fine, suspension or revocation is ordered.
- Any licensee aggrieved by an order of the director may appeal from such order to the secretary by filing a notice of appeal with the Secretary of Revenue. If the licensee wishes to appeal the decision of the Secretary of Revenue, there are further appeal options available by filing for judicial review through district court.
Who is responsible for determining fine amounts, suspensions and revocation?
ABC has a penalty grid that the Director uses as a guide to determine the appropriate penalty. The licensee's violation history determines where on the grid the penalty should be taken from. Violations affecting public safety tend to trigger more serious penalties. The Director also considers mitigating and aggravating circumstances in arriving at a fair penalty.
To use the online system you must pay using an electronic check or credit/debit card. If you do not already have an online account at ksabconline.org you will also be required to have your online access code to set up your online account. If you do not have access to your online access code, you may obtain it by contacting the Licensing Unit at 785-296-7015 (press option #2) or send an email to: KDOR_abc.email@example.com.
Please note that the payment processing vendor charges a service charge for electronic payments, $1.50 per fee for an electronic check and 2.5 percent of the total for credit/debit card use. In just a few clicks your fine can be paid.
Licensee may pay fines by providing a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) and mailed to:
Alcoholic Beverage Control
915 SW Harrison
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1588
Please include your case number on your payment.
KDOR_LAA@ks.gov – Submit complaints, violations or ask legal questions.