Q: How do I apply for a permit?
Determine the type(s) of permits you need, then download and complete the required application.
Click here to download the required applications.
Q: How do I find a store near me?
Use our store locator to search for a store. This is found under the Local ABC Boards tab.
Click here for the store locator.
Q: How do I apply for a job at an ABC store?
If you are interested in a job at an ABC store, you will need to contact your local ABC Board.
Any openings at the ABC Commission are posted on the Office of State Personnel web site. They are listed under the Department of Commerce.
Click here to view any open job postings with the Department of Commerce.
Q: What type of sales are allowed in my area?
Legal alcohol sales (to include mixed beverage sales, ABC stores, and beer and wine sales) are determined at the county and town level by local elections.
Click here to view legal sales by county/towns
Q: Is my local ABC store open today?
No ABC store shall be open between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. or on Sundays. Each local board shall otherwise determine the opening and closing hours of its stores. For holiday closings click here:
Holiday Closing Schedule
Q: What is a commercial permit?
A commercial permit is a license issued to an individual or company at a specific location allowing for the manufacture, importation, bottling, distribution, transportation or representation of alcoholic beverages.
click here to see the types of commercial permits that are available
Q: What is the difference between fortified and unfortified wine?
Fortified wine means any wine, of more than sixteen permit (16%) and no more than twenty-four percent (24%) alcohol by volume, made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice, or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States.
Unfortified wine means any wine of sixteen percent (16%) or less alcohol by volume, made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice, or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States.
Q: What is a retail permit?
A retail permit is issued to a person or persons or to an entity at a specific location allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Q: Who gets the monies collected from ABC permits?
All fees collected from the ABC permit system are deposited with the State Treasurer.
Q: What is a field audit?
An ABC Commission auditor or audit team may conduct an audit of the financial records of permit holders who are located in various locations within the State of North Carolina who serve alcoholic beverages in their establishments.
for more information, refer to our Audit division
Q: How many counties in North Carolina are dry?
There is currently one dry county: Graham
for a complete list of legal sales by county, click here
Q: Where can I download the Keg Purchase-Transportation Permit?
Keg Purchase-Transportation Permit applications can be downloaded here.