The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Department of Revenue. The commission may provide advice and make recommendations regarding the actions of the director under Iowa Code chapter 123.

The commission is required by law to meet by July 1 of each year to choose a chairperson for the succeeding year. The commission then meets at the call of the chairperson or director, or when any three members file a written request for a meeting.