RENEWALS & REGISTRATIONS UPDATE: The payment portal for 2021 permit renewals and registrations is temporarily closed in preparation for the 2022 permit renewal and registration process. It will reopen in mid-February, 2022. Renewals for both 2021 and 2022 can be paid once the portal reopens. ABC permit-holders will receive 2022 renewal and registration instructions by mail and additional information can be found under ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS: The NC ABC Commission is seeing applicants, in-person by appointment only for review of retail, commercial, and one-time application packets.  Appointment times are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, please visit Scheduling instructions and a checklist of required documents can be found here




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.