Alcohol Beverage Action Team (ABAT)

The ABAT Unit is responsible for licensing, inspecting, and conducting enforcement operations at all alcohol and tobacco establishments within the City of Oakland to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal law. The unit also responds to citizen complaints regarding nuisance bars and stores. In addition, the unit provides free training to educate business owners about various local and state regulations related to their businesses. The goals of ABAT enforcement operations are to (1) decrease criminal and nuisance activity associated with ABC or TRL licensed premises in the City; (2) decrease the sale of alcohol or tobacco products to minors; (3) ensure that all licensed locations are abiding by local, state, and federal laws; (4) educate the public; and (5) bring licensed premised back to productive use through education and enforcement.


Photo of psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana, and a variety of products, and a loaded firearm.
Mar 28, 2024

OPD Discovers Illegal Sale of Cannabis and Tobacco Products to Minors

The Oakland Police Department Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco (ABAT) Unit responded to a complaint made by a resident regarding illegal activities at a store in the 3300 block of MacArthur Boulevard. The complaint alleged the illegal sale of cannabis and tobacco products to minors.

Photo of seized a large amount of illegally possessed cannabis and related products, suspected crystal methamphetamine, flavored prohibited tobacco products, and a large quantity of non-taxed cigarettes. Also two loaded firearms
Mar 25, 2024

Firearms and Narcotics Recovered in Joint Investigation with DEA

The Oakland Police Department Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco (ABAT) Unit conducted a special investigation targeting smoke shops last month. On February 22, 2024, ABAT and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) inspected a licensed tobacco shop in the 5900 block of International Boulevard.

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Contact Information:

­­­­­­­­­­­By Phone: (510) 777-8670

By Fax: (510) 777-8682

In-Person visits are by appointment only, to schedule a visit call (510) 777-8670

Click the link below to pay your ABAT invoice online