Retail Permit Types
On-Premises Malt Beverage Permit

An on-premises malt beverage permit authorizes the retail sale of malt beverages for consumption on the premises and the retail sale of malt beverages in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurant;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Eating Establishments;
  4. Food Businesses;
  5. Retail Businesses;
  6. Private Clubs;
  7. Convention Centers;
  8. Community Theatres.
Off-Premises Malt Beverage Permit
An off-premises malt beverage permit authorizes the retail sale of malt beverages in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises and it authorizes the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Eating Establishments
  4. Food Businesses;
  5. Retail Businesses.
On-Premises Unfortified Wine Permit
An on-premises unfortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of unfortified wine for consumption on the premises, either alone or mixed with other beverages, and the retail sale of unfortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship unfortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Eating Establishments
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Convention Centers;
  6. Cooking Schools;
  7. Community Theatres.
Off-Premises Unfortified Wine Permit
An off-premises unfortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of unfortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises and it authorizes the holder of the permit to ship unfortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may also be issued for a winery for sale of its own unfortified wine.
On-Premises Fortified Wine Permit
An on-premises fortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of fortified wine for consumption on the premises, either alone or mixed with other beverages, and the retail sale of fortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship fortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Clubs;
  4. Community Theatres;
  5. Wineries;
  6. Convention Centers.
Off-Premises Fortified Wine Permit
An off-premises fortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of fortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises and it authorizes the holder of the permit to ship fortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for food businesses and also for a winery for sale of its own fortified wine.
Brown-Bagging Permit
A brown-bagging permit authorizes each individual patron of an establishment, with the permission of the permittee, to bring up to eight liters of fortified wine or spirituous liquor, or eight liters of the two combined, onto the premises and to consume those alcoholic beverages on the premises. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Clubs;
  4. Community Theatres;
  5. Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations.
Special Occasion Permit
A special occasion permit authorizes the host of a reception, party or other special occasion, with the permission of the permittee, to bring fortified wine and spirituous liquor onto the premises of the business and to serve the same to his/her guests. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Eating Establishments;
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Convention Centers.
Mixed Beverages Permit
A mixed beverages permit authorizes the retail sale of mixed beverages for consumption on the premises. The permit also authorizes a mixed beverages permittee to obtain a purchase-transportation permit under GS 18B-403 and 18B-404, and to use for culinary purposes spirituous liquor lawfully purchased for use in mixed beverages. The permit fee is $1,000.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Clubs;
  4. Convention Centers;
  5. Community Theatres;
  6. Nonprofit Organizations; and
  7. Political Organizations.
Culinary Permit
A culinary permit authorizes a permittee to possess up to 12 liters of either fortified wine or spirituous liquor, or 12 liters of the two combined, in the kitchen of a business and to use those alcoholic beverages for culinary purposes. The permit fee is $200.00 and may be issued for either of the following:
  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Cooking Schools.
A culinary permit may also be issued to a catering service to allow the possession of the amount of fortified wine and spirituous liquor stated above at the business location of that service and at the cooking site. The permit shall also authorize the caterer to transport those alcoholic beverages to and from the business location and the cooking site, and use them in cooking.
Mixed Beverages Catering Permit
A mixed beverages catering permit authorizes a hotel or a restaurant that has a mixed beverages permit to bring spirituous liquor onto the premises where the hotel or restaurant is catering food for an event and to serve the liquor to guests at the event. The permit fee is $200.00.
Guest Room Cabinet Permit
A guest room cabinet permit authorizes a hotel having a mixed beverages permit or a private club having a mixed beverages permit and management contracts for the rental of living units to sell to its room guests, from securely locked cabinets, malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, and spirituous liquor. A permittee shall designate and maintain at least ten percent (10%) of the permittee’s guest rooms as rooms that do not have a guest room cabinet. A permittee may dispense alcoholic beverages from a guest room cabinet only in accordance with written policies and procedures filed with and approved by the Commission. A permittee shall provide a reasonable number of vending machines, coolers, or similar machines on premises for the sale of soft drinks to hotel guests. A guest room cabinet permit fee is $1,000.00 and may be issued for any of the following:
  1. A hotel located in a county subject to GS 18B-600(f).
  2. A hotel located in a county that has a population in excess of 150,000 by the last federal census.
  3. A qualifying private club located in a county defined in GS 18B-101(13a)b.2.
Brew On Premises
A Brew On Premises permit may be issed to a business, located in a jurisdiction where the sale of malt beverages is allowed, where individual customers who are 21 years old or older may purchase ingredients and rent the equipment, time, and space to brew malt beverages for personal use. The customer must do all of the following:
  1. Select a recipe and kettle.
  2. Weigh out the proper ingredients and add them to the kettle.
  3. Transfer the wort to the fermenter.
  4. Add the yeast.
  5. Place the ingredients in a fermentation room.
  6. Filter, carbonate, and bottle the malt beverage.
A permittee may transfer the ingredients from the fermentation room to the cold room and may assist the customer in all the steps involved in brewing a malt beverage except adding the yeast. A malt beverage produced under this subdivision may not contain more than six percent (6%) alcohol by volume. The permit fee is $400.00
Community Theatre
An establishment owned and operated by a bona fide nonprofit organization that is engaged solely in the business of sponsoring or presenting amateur or professional theatrical events to the public. A permit issued for a community theatre is valid only during regularly scheduled theatrical events sponsored by such nonprofit organization.
Convention Center
A publicly owned or operated establishment that is engaged in the business of sponsoring or hosting conventions and similar large gatherings. Convention centers shall include auditoriums, armories, civic centers, convention centers, and coliseums. A permit issued for a convention center shall be valid only for those parts of the building used for conventions and banquets and only during regularly scheduled conventions and banquets.
Cooking School
An establishment substantially engaged in the business of operating a school in which cooking techniques are taught for a fee.
Eating Establishment
An establishment engaged in the business of regularly and customarily selling food, primarily to be eaten on the premises. Eating establishments shall include businesses that are referred to as restaurants, cafeterias, or cafes, but that do not qualify under (6), below. Eating establishments shall also include lunch stands, grills, snack bars, fast-food businesses, and other establishments, such as drugstores, which have a lunch counter or other section where food is sold to be eaten on the premises.
Food Business
An establishment engaged in the business of regularly and customarily selling food, primarily to be eaten off the premises. Food businesses shall include grocery stores, convenience stores, and other establishments, such as variety stores or drugstores, where food is regularly sold, and shall also include establishments engaged primarily in selling unfortified or fortified wine or both, for consumption off the premises.
Hotel
An establishment substantially engaged in the business of furnishing lodging. A hotel shall have a restaurant either on or closely associated with the premises. The restaurant and hotel need not be owned or operated by the same person.
Private Club
An establishment that is organized and operated solely for a social, recreational, patriotic, or fraternal purpose and that is not open to the general public, but is open only to the members of the organization and their bona fide guests. This provision does not, however, prohibit such an establishment from being open to the general public for raffles and bingo games as required by G.S. 14-309.11(a) and G.S. 14-309.13. Except for bona fide religious organizations, no organization that discriminates in the selection of its membership on the basis of religion shall be eligible to receive any permit issued under this Chapter.
Residential Private Club
A private club that is located in a privately owned, primarily residential and recreational development.
Restaurant
An establishment substantially engaged in the business of preparing and serving meals. To qualify as a restaurant, an establishment's gross receipts from food and nonalcoholic beverages shall be not less than thirty percent (30%) of the total gross receipts from food, nonalcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages. A restaurant shall also have a kitchen and an inside dining area with seating for at least 36 people.
Retail Business
An establishment engaged in any retail business, regardless of whether food is sold on the premises.
Sports Club
An establishment substantially engaged in the business of providing an 18-hole golf course, two or more tennis courts, or both. The sports club can either be open to the general public or to members and their guests. To qualify as a sports club, an establishment's gross receipts for club activities shall be greater than its gross receipts for alcoholic beverages. This provision does not prohibit a sports club from operating a restaurant. Receipts for food shall be included in with the club activity fee.
Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations
An establishment that is organized as a federally chartered, nonprofit veterans organization, and is operated solely for patriotic or fraternal purposes.

Additional General Statutes information can be found in Chapter 18B.

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