ABC Compliance Guidance for PHASE 2 can be found under ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Registrations and Renewals: Due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Cooper, ABC Chairman A.D. “ Zander” Guy has established a grace period for the registration/renewal process until June 30, 2020. We sincerely hope this will help during this trying time.

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.