Kinds of ABC Permits
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
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
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
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
Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations.
-- An establishment that is organized as a federally chartered, nonprofit
veterans organization, and is operated solely for patriotic or fraternal
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