Commercial Application Process
In-state

Before beginning business operations you must first obtain the appropriate state permits/licenses, a federal basic permit or brewers notice issued by Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and a City/County business license.

The Commission shall consider numerous factors before issuing a permit. The factors are as follows:

  • The reputation, character and criminal record of the applicant;
  • Parking facilities and traffic conditions in the neighborhood;
  • Kinds of businesses already in the neighborhood;
  • Whether the establishment is located within 50 feet of a church or public school or church school;
  • Zoning laws;
  • Any other evidence that would tend to show whether the applicant would comply with the ABC laws and whether operation of his business at that location would be detrimental to the neighborhood.

To be considered for a permit you must submit the following:

  • Completed permit applications (Please refer to Permitting Process – Who Applies .)
    Applications must be completed by typewriter or printed in ink.
    Applicant’s signature must be notarized.
  • Correct Fees (Please refer to Permits.)
    Application fees must be submitted by certified check, cashier’s check, or money order and made payable to the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. All fees are deposited with the State Treasurer, and no provisions are made for refunds whether the application is approved, rejected or withdrawn. Permit fees must be separate and apart from all other fees.
  • Lease, deed or rental agreement
    Lease, deed or rental agreement must be in the Corporate, LLC, General Partner, Partner’s or Individual’s name.
  • Federal permits
    All applicants must submit a copy of their Federal Basic Permit or Brewers Notice issued Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.
  • Completed Inspection/Zoning Compliance form
    The business site must comply with any county and/or city zoning laws, building regulations, and fire regulations. Please have the Inspection/Zoning Compliance form completed by the appropriate officials. Submit the completed form with your permit applications. Please contact your local City Hall or County Courthouse to determine whom you must contact for completion.
  • Detailed diagram of the premises to be covered by your permit. Please keep in mind that an ABC permit cannot be issued where living quarters are directly connected.
  • Each person that is required to complete an ABC Commercial Permit Application must submit one (1) finger print card with the application.
Nonresident

Nonresident
You must submit the following in order to obtain ABC permits:

  • Completed permit applications (Please refer to Permitting Process – Who Applies .)
    Applications must be completed by typewriter or printed in ink.
    Applicant’s signature must be notarized.
  • Application fees (Please refer to Permits.)
    Application fees must be submitted by certified check, cashier’s check, money order or company check and made payable to the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. All fees are deposited with the State Treasurer, and no provisions are made for refunds whether the application is approved, rejected or withdrawn. Permit fees must be separate and apart from all other fees.
  • Federal permits
    All applicants must submit a copy of their Federal Basic Permit or Brewers Notice issued by Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.

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