PHASE 3: As of 5:00 pm, Friday, October 2nd, and per Executive Order 169, bars may allow consumption of alcohol in outdoor seating areas only. The number of guests seated in the outdoor area is limited to no more than 100 people or 30% of the outdoor maximum occupancy (if there is no stated occupancy then no more than 7 guests per 1000 square feet), based on whichever amount is smaller. Please see ANNOUNCEMENTS for additional Phase 3 requirements for bars as well as guidance for temporarily extending outdoor premises

The sale of alcoholic beverages for onsite consumption is NOT ALLOWED between the hours of 11pm and 7am statewide, effective Friday, July 31st at 11pm. See ANNOUNCEMENTS for more information.

​The NC ABC Commission is open. However, in response to the current State of Emergency declaration, our on-site staffing is very limited. We are encouraging you to submit your permit applications via mail (4307 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4307) instead of in-person, as well as submitting your questions/inquiries to instead of calling. If you have product approval applications, they can also be submitted electronically to

If you choose to visit the Commission building in-person, your permit renewal or application packages will be received in a secure lockbox at the ABC Commission door. Thank you for your patience.




The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control System

North Carolina has a three-tier system in place that requires the company wishing to sell products (tier 1) to sell and ship only to wholesalers (tier 2) who may sell only to retailers (tier 3). North Carolina’s ABC Laws are found in Chapter 18B of the NC General Statutes. The Commission’s Rules are found in Title 14B, Chapter 15 of the NC Administrative Code.

businesses with retail permits to sell alcohol for consumption on-premise (restaurants/clubs) and off-premise (grocery stores/convenience stores).
collected from permit renewal and registration fees by the Commission last year, then distributed to the NCGA General Fund. (FY 2018)
permitted commercial businesses (breweries, wineries, distilleries, wholesalers).

Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking

The Talk It Out NC multi-media campaign was launched in 2014 by the NC ABC Commission to combat underage drinking by undertaking relevant research, spreading education about alcohol’s health risks, and raising awareness about the resources available to families, both in person and online.

permit holders and their employees completed responsible alcohol seller/server training class last year.
statewide business partnerships have been formed to further the reach of Talk it Out NC campaign.
community outreach coalitions have joined the Initiative to help spread the Talk it Out NC message.