Types of NC ABC Permits and Permit Responsibilities
It is unlawful to sell alcohol without the appropriate ABC permit. There are various types of permits depending on the type of alcohol the merchant is selling. This guide covers both requirements for obtaining a permit and also many of the responsibilities for permit holders.
Permit RequirementsAccording to N.C. Gen. Stat *18B-900, in order to successfully apply for an ABC permit the applicant must:
(1) Be at least 21 years old.
(2) Be a resident of NC
(3) No felony conviction within 3 years
(4) No alcoholic beverage offense conviction within 2 years
(5) No conviction of misdemeanor controlled substance offense within 2 years
(6) Not have an alcoholic beverage permit revoked within three years; and
(7) Not have an unsatisfied outstanding final judgment entered against him under Article 1 (General Provisions) of Chapter 18B.
Types of Permits* On-premise malt beverage / beer permits can be issued to any retail business. The permit allows for the sale of beer for consumption on the business premise. The fee is $400.
* On-premise unfortified wine (16% or less alcohol) and fortified wine permits (17% to 24% alcohol) can be issued to restaurants, hotels, retail businesses, and private clubs. The fee is $400.
* Mixed beverages permits can be issued to restaurants, hotels, retail businesses, and private clubs. The fee is $1000.
* All permits must be renewed by April 30th of each year.
Permit responsibilities* ABC Permits must be displayed by the business at all times.
* Spirituous liquors are not allowed without a spirituous liquor permit.
* All permittees are required to maintain alcohol invoices and receipts on the premise for three years and have them ready for inspection.
* Any business that wants remodel the physical setup of the business needs to get approval from the ABC Commission.
* Permit holders cannot hire an employee to sell or serve alcohol who has been convicted of a felony within 3 years, an alcoholic beverage offense within 2 years, or of a misdemeanor of a controlled substance offense (Surprisingly DWI does not count because it is a traffic offense and not an ABC violation). The only exception is filing a hardship waiver to hire such an employee.
* Business with a beer or wine permit need an employee in charge who is at least 18. For spirituous liquor permits needs an employee in charge who is at least 21.