Departments, Boards & Commissions


Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)

General Information: (916) 419-2500

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control aims to administer the provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act in a manner that fosters and protects the health safety, welfare, and economic well-being of the people of the State.

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)

General Information: :(800) 952-5210
Hearing Impaired: (800) 326-2297

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is here to protect and serve California consumers while ensuring a competent and fair marketplace. DCA helps consumers learn how to protect themselves from unscrupulous and unqualified individuals. The Department also protects professionals from unfair competition by unlicensed practitioners.

Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD)

General Information: (916) 445-9471

The Department of Housing & Community Development provides leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians.

Department of Business Oversight (DBO)

Toll-Free: (866) 275-2677
Local: (916) 327-7585

The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DBO supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DBO licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders.

Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH)

General Information: :(800) 884-1684
Hearing Impaired: (800) 700-2320,
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The mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence. The DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the country. It was established by the Legislature in 1959 as the Division of Fair Employment Practices and was initially part of the Department of Industrial Relations. In 1980, the DFEH was established as an independent department charged with enforcing California's comprehensive employment, housing, public accommodations and public service non-discrimination laws, as well as the State's bias-related hate violence law.

Housing Finance Agency (CALHFA)

Sacramento Headquarters: 877.9.CalHFA (877) 922-5432
Los Angeles Office: (310) 342-5400
Media Contact: (916) 326-8605

For more than 35 years, the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) has supported the needs of renters and homebuyers by providing financing and programs that create safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income Californians. Established in 1975, CalHFA was chartered as the State's affordable housing bank to make low interest rate loans through the sale of tax-exempt bonds. CalHFA is a completely self-supporting State agency, and its bonds are repaid by revenues generated through mortgage loans, not taxpayer dollars.


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Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board

Phone: (916) 445-4005
Fax: (916) 323-2760

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board provides quasi-judicial administrative review of decisions of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

California Horse Racing Board (CHRB)

General Information: (916)263-6000

The mission of the California Horse Racing Board is to ensure the integrity, viability, and safety of the California horse racing industry by regulating pari-mutuel wagering for the protection of the public, promoting horse racing, breeding, and wagering opportunities, and fostering safe racing through the development and enforcement of track safety standards and regulations for the health and welfare of all participants.


Seismic Safety Commission (SSC)

General Information: (916) 263-5506

The Commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues and reports, and recommends to the Governor and Legislature policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk.