ABC Hearing Board

The Louisville Metro Alcoholic Beverage Control Board conducts administrative hearings pursuant to KRS 13B for local alcoholic beverage control licensees, commonly called ABC licensees. The ABC Board also hears violations of ground transportation companies, or "certificate holders" and taxi drivers who have been charged with violating Louisville Metro ordinance(s).  The recipient of an order to show cause (OTSC) or notice of violation (NOV) must appear before the hearing officer on the date and time provided.

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The ABC Hearing Board has the authority to:

  • Adopt rules and regulations to govern its operation and conduct its hearings.
  • Determine if a violation of an ABC ordinance over which it has jurisdiction was committed.
  • Subpoena alleged violations, witnesses, and evidence to its hearings.
  • Hear testimony.
  • Make findings of fact and issue orders necessary to remedy any violation of the Metro ordinance.
  • Impose civil fines.

The ABC Hearing Board meets every other Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. until complete.

Old Jail Auditorium 

514 W. Liberty St


To view all available ABC Hearing Board dockets, live-stream hearings that are in session, and watch recorded hearings, please visit

Dockets are visible by the date of the hearing.

These dockets may not necessarily reflect updates if cases have been rescheduled or canceled. If you have a question about your hearing, please feel free to call and leave a message at (502) 574-3591, Option 2, and someone will return your call.

Driving Directions
View driving directions to the ABC Hearing Board location.

Am I required to bring an attorney to the ABC Hearing Board?
Yes. A person who is not an attorney is prohibited by law from representing a corporation (such as an LLC) at an administrative hearing.

However, if you are a sole proprietor, you are not required to have an attorney but you have the right to have an attorney or any witnesses with you to help you support your claim that the notice of violation was issued in error.

How can I contact the ABC Hearing Board?
You can contact the ABC Hearing Board by calling 502-574-3591, Option 2, or mailing all questions or documentation to:

ABC Hearing Board 
Attn: ABC Board Clerk Kendyll Vance
444 S. 5th Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

What if I arrive late to the hearing? Will I be allowed into the boardroom?
Yes. The hearings are open to the public and you may come and go in a quiet fashion. If you arrive late and after your case has been called, your case will be moved to the end of the docket. If you fail to appear for your scheduled hearing, you forfeit your right to appeal and your penalty may be set at the maximum amount allowed.

What if I follow the appeals process and I am unsatisfied with ABC's decision in my case?
If you feel the need to challenge the ABC Hearing Board's decision, you have the right to appeal the citation to the Kentucky State Alcoholic Beverage Control. Learn about the appeal process.

Why am I required to turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering the Hearing Room?
Cell phones and other electronics operate on frequencies that may disrupt the Board Room audio and visual equipment and the hearing.

Staff Contact: 502-574-3591, Option 2.

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