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Regulation Rewrite Workgroup 2022

February 6, 2023

Regulation Rewrite Workgroup – Rule Number 22P037

Title 7 VSA § 108 gives statutory authority to the Board of Liquor and Lottery to adopt rules as necessary to carry out to provisions of Title 7. As such, one Administrative Rule is kept under the Vermont Code of Rules, which includes several groups of regulations to ensure public safety by preventing the misuse of alcohol and tobacco through controlled distribution, providing for applicable enforcement, and establishing robust education requirements.

These Regulations have been updated periodically over the years to reflect changes in statute and realities in the regulatory landscape, with the most recent update having occurred in late 2016. An effort was undertaken in late 2019, but that work was not codified in an Administrative Rule update. Since then, several Acts as enacted by the Vermont Legislature have amended significant portions of Title 7, including the consolidation of the Departments of Liquor and Lottery. The Department is highly motivated to engage in this work again to align the regulatory framework with best practices, with state law, and with common sense.

The Board of Liquor and Lottery voted to adopt with minor changes the results of DLL's process to modernize and deconflict our current regulatory model at its duly warned public meeting on November 9th, 2022. That work product was the result of a series of 11 working meetings to look at subsets of the Administrative Rule.

The proposed rule was filed with Interagency Committee on Agency Rules (ICAR) on November 23rd, 2022. The Rule was considered by the committee during a regularly scheduled meeting on 12/12/2022 and was voted unanimously to be forwarded.

The Department has submitted the proposed rule to the Secretary of State's office on 12/13/2022 and was posted to the Secretary of States Rules Service on 12/21/2022. That posting can be found here:

A public comment meeting as suggested as part of the Department's public input maximization plan and recommended by the Interagency Committee on Agency Rules occurred on 01/20/2023 at 5:00pm. That meeting was held in-person at 1311 US Rt 302, Suite 200, Barre VT 05641, and virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Public Comment will continue to be received and included in the Department’s filings through 1/30/2023.

Those comments can be sent directly via US Mail to 1311 US Route 302, Suite 100
Barre, VT 05641 or via email to


All written Public Comment received to date is found here.

A Recording of the Public Comment meeting is found here.

An uncertified transcript of the Public Comment meeting his found here.

The Current Administrative Rule is found here.

An Annotated Version of the Proposed rule is found here.

The proposed Rule on Secretary of State filing forms as filed is found here.

An Annotated Version of the Proposed Final Rule is found here