The State Liquor Authority Enforcement Bureau has three zone offices, one each in New York City, Albany and Buffalo. It is the Bureau's responsibility to investigate violations and enforce the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law in New York State. The Bureau also provides training to police agencies as well as all levels of the beverage industry on provisions of the ABC Law.
The Authority issues approximately 125 different types of licenses and permits. The Bureau is entrusted to enforce all the provisions of the ABC Law including the monitoring of manufacturing, wholesale, retail, transportation, storage, and all other facets of the alcoholic beverage industry.
Most of the violations of the ABC Law are crimes for which violators may be arrested. Therefore, local police agencies play an important role with the Authority in enforcing the law. This shared responsibility occurs most often at the retail or consumer level of activity where most violations occur.
Although the Authority has no criminal jurisdiction, the police refer thousands of violations to the Authority for administrative prosecution. Complaints of violations are not only received by the SLA from police, but are also received from numerous other sources, including governmental agencies, citizens' representatives, community groups and individual complainants.