Commercial Activity Permitting
An establishment or individual that is engaged in the manufacture, importation,
distribution, bottling, transportation
or representation of alcoholic beverages must obtain a commercial ABC permit
authorizing such activity. Once issued, ABC permits are valid until a change in
ownership occurs, you relocate your business or you are no longer conducting
business. First, determine the type of permit you need in order to conduct
business. Each permit authorizes specific activities. In some instances you may
need to apply for multiple permits. Please refer to
to view the authorization and fee for each permit.
In additional to ABC permits, certain commercial permittees must also obtain
product approval for each product that is offered for sale in this
State. Every supplier of malt beverage and wine must submit Distribution
Agreements identifying each of their wholesalers, the brands that they carry,
and where that wholesaler is authorized to sell each particular brand.
North Carolina is a three-tier state and does not allow the direct shipment of
alcoholic beverages to consumers. Simply stated, in North Carolina, this means
that a licensed manufacturer, importer, bottler, or nonresident vendor (first
tier) may sell and ship only to licensed wholesalers (second tier). The
wholesaler may sell only to licensed retailers (third tier) or other
wholesalers. The only exception to the three-tier system is that a North
Carolina winery may ship its products to individual purchasers inside and
outside this state.
North Carolina is also a control state; therefore, the sale of spirituous liquor
differs from that of malt beverage and wine. Spirituous liquor may only be sold
in local county or municipal ABC stores. Please refer to ABC
Boards for more information
For questions regarding the commercial permitting,
please contact us.