Retail Permit Types


On-Premises Malt Beverage Permit

An on-premises malt beverage permit authorizes the retail sale of malt beverages for consumption on the premises and the retail sale of malt beverages in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurant;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Food Businesses;
  4. Retail Businesses;
  5. Private Bars;
  6. Private Clubs;
  7. Convention Centers;
  8. Community Theatres.
  9. Distillery.
  10. Sports and Entertainment Venue
Off-Premises Malt Beverage Permit

An off-premises malt beverage permit authorizes the retail sale of malt beverages in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises and it authorizes the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Food Businesses;
  4. Retail Businesses.
On-Premises Unfortified Wine Permit

An on-premises unfortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of unfortified wine for consumption on the premises, either alone or mixed with other beverages, and the retail sale of unfortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship unfortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Bars;
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Convention Centers;
  6. Cooking Schools;
  7. Community Theatres.
  8. Distillery.
  9. Sports and Entertainment Venue
Off-Premises Unfortified Wine Permit

An off-premises unfortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of unfortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises and it authorizes the holder of the permit to ship unfortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may also be issued for a winery for sale of its own unfortified wine.

On-Premises Fortified Wine Permit

An on-premises fortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of fortified wine for consumption on the premises, either alone or mixed with other beverages, and the retail sale of fortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship fortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Bars;
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Community Theatres;
  6. Wineries;
  7. Convention Centers.
  8. Distillery.
  9. Sports and Entertainment Venue
Off-Premises Fortified Wine Permit

An off-premises fortified wine permit authorizes the retail sale of fortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises and it authorizes the holder of the permit to ship fortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for food businesses and also for a winery for sale of its own fortified wine.

Brown-Bagging Permit

A brown-bagging permit authorizes each individual patron of an establishment, with the permission of the permittee, to bring up to eight liters of fortified wine or spirituous liquor, or eight liters of the two combined, onto the premises and to consume those alcoholic beverages on the premises. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Bars;
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Community Theatres;
  6. Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations.
Special Occasion Permit

A special occasion permit authorizes the host of a reception, party or other special occasion, with the permission of the permittee, to bring fortified wine and spirituous liquor onto the premises of the business and to serve the same to his/her guests. The permit fee is $400.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Bars;
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Convention Centers.
  6. Sports and Entertainment Venue
Mixed Beverages Permit

A mixed beverages permit authorizes the retail sale of mixed beverages for consumption on the premises. The permit also authorizes a mixed beverages permittee to obtain a purchase-transportation permit under GS 18B-403 and 18B-404, and to use for culinary purposes spirituous liquor lawfully purchased for use in mixed beverages. The permit fee is $1,000.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Private Bars;
  4. Private Clubs;
  5. Convention Centers;
  6. Community Theatres;
  7. Nonprofit Organizations; and
  8. Political Organizations.
  9. Distillery.
Culinary Permit

A culinary permit authorizes a permittee to possess up to 12 liters of either fortified wine or spirituous liquor, or 12 liters of the two combined, in the kitchen of a business and to use those alcoholic beverages for culinary purposes. The permit fee is $200.00 and may be issued for either of the following:

  1. Restaurants;
  2. Hotels;
  3. Cooking Schools.

A culinary permit may also be issued to a catering service to allow the possession of the amount of fortified wine and spirituous liquor stated above at the business location of that service and at the cooking site. The permit shall also authorize the caterer to transport those alcoholic beverages to and from the business location and the cooking site, and use them in cooking.

Mixed Beverages Catering Permit

A mixed beverages catering permit authorizes a hotel or a restaurant that has a mixed beverages permit to bring spirituous liquor onto the premises where the hotel or restaurant is catering food for an event and to serve the liquor to guests at the event. The permit fee is $200.00.

Guest Room Cabinet Permit

A guest room cabinet permit authorizes a hotel having a mixed beverages permit or a private club having a mixed beverages permit and management contracts for the rental of living units to sell to its room guests, from securely locked cabinets, malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, and spirituous liquor. A permittee shall designate and maintain at least ten percent (10%) of the permittee’s guest rooms as rooms that do not have a guest room cabinet. A permittee may dispense alcoholic beverages from a guest room cabinet only in accordance with written policies and procedures filed with and approved by the Commission. A permittee shall provide a reasonable number of vending machines, coolers, or similar machines on premises for the sale of soft drinks to hotel guests. A guest room cabinet permit fee is $1,000.00 and may be issued for any of the following:

  1. A hotel located in a county subject to GS 18B-600(f).
  2. A hotel located in a county that has a population in excess of 150,000 by the last federal census.
  3. A qualifying private club located in a county defined in GS 18B-101(13a)b.2.
Brew On Premises

A Brew On Premises permit may be issed to a business, located in a jurisdiction where the sale of malt beverages is allowed, where individual customers who are 21 years old or older may purchase ingredients and rent the equipment, time, and space to brew malt beverages for personal use. The customer must do all of the following:

  1. Select a recipe and kettle.
  2. Weigh out the proper ingredients and add them to the kettle.
  3. Transfer the wort to the fermenter.
  4. Add the yeast.
  5. Place the ingredients in a fermentation room.
  6. Filter, carbonate, and bottle the malt beverage.

A permittee may transfer the ingredients from the fermentation room to the cold room and may assist the customer in all the steps involved in brewing a malt beverage except adding the yeast. A malt beverage produced under this subdivision may not contain more than six percent (6%) alcohol by volume. The permit fee is $400.00

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.

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 premises.

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 Bar

An establishment that is organized and operated as a for-profit entity and that is not open to the general public but in open only to the members of the organization and their bona fide guests for the purpose of allowing its members and their guests to socialize and engage in recreation.

Private Club

An establishment that qualifies under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c), and that has been in operation for a minimum of 12 months prior to application for an ABC permit.

Residential Private Club

A private club that is located in a privately owned, primarily residential and recreational development.

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 activity fee.

Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations

An establishment that is organized as a federally chartered, nonprofit veterans organization, and is operated solely for patriotic or fraternal purposes.

Delivery Service Permit

Allows the permit holder, its employee or independent contractor, to deliver malt beverages, unfortified and fortified wine to a location selected by the purchaser.

Common Area Entertainment Permit

Allows a customer of a multi-tenant establishment, described below, to consume an alcoholic beverage in a common area designated by the property owner/permit holder. The alcoholic beverage must be purchased from a tenant/retailer of the multi-tenant establishment.

A multi-tenant establishment is a building or structure, or multiple buildings or structures on the same property, or within the same planned development project that may be subject to a common declaration of restrictive covenants administered by a common property owners' association and under common ownership, control or property owner's association governance, that contain multiple businesses that sell food, good, services, and that include or are connected by common areas.. A shopping mall is not a multi-tenant establishment if more than fifty percent(50%) of the shopping mall's common areas, measured in acreage or square footage, are enclosed and air-conditioned.


Additional General Statutes information can be found in Chapter 18B.