RENEWALS & REGISTRATIONS UPDATE: On August 16, 2021, Governor Cooper signed House Bill 73, which defers or waives certain 2021 ABC permit fees. The payment portal for 2021 permit renewals and registrations has not yet been opened. The ABC Commission will send a letter to each ABC permit-holder, specific to their business, with instructions and details about renewal or registration payments that may be due. The ABC Commission will be accomodating to permit-holders as payments are made. If you have additional questions or concerns about this, please email

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS: As of July 12, 2021, the NC ABC Commission will begin seeing applicants, in-person by appointment only for review of retail, commercial, and one-time application packets. Appointment times will be Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please visit for scheduling instructions and a checklist of required documents.




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.