Whether you are opening a new bar or restaurant or planning to serve alcohol at an event, you will need a liquor license to do so lawfully. With endless paperwork, deadlines, and regulations to adhere to, it is easy to feel overwhelmed before even starting the process.

At Rountree Losee, we will take you through the process of obtaining a liquor license in North Carolina, from the initial application to the final approval.

Types of Liquor Licenses in North Carolina

In North Carolina, there are two different types of liquor licenses; one for commercial use and one for retail use.

Commercial License: A commercial liquor license lets you purchase and sell liquor wholesale. This means you can buy large quantities of alcoholic beverages from a manufacturer and resell it to retailers or restaurants in their area.

Retail License: The retail liquor license lets you purchase, transport, possess, store, and sell packaged alcoholic beverages directly to consumers. This license type is found in businesses like bars, pubs, and stores that sell liquor directly to consumers.

Requirements And Laws For Obtaining A Liquor License In North Carolina

You must follow specific requirements and laws to get a liquor license in North Carolina. First, you must meet the identification and background check requirements to qualify for a liquor license. This can include submitting fingerprints as part of the background check process.

Once these requirements have been met, you can move on to the application process. First, you must provide basic information about your business, including its name, location, type of business, and the type of alcohol or beverages you plan on selling.

You will also be asked if your business has been convicted of alcohol-related offenses in the past three years. Be prepared to supply copies of your lease agreement or purchase contract and any other permits or licenses required by state law. Once your application is approved and all fees are paid, then you will receive your North Carolina liquor license.

Can I Get a One-Day Liquor License in North Carolina?

One-day liquor licenses are available in North Carolina but have specific requirements. First, you need an existing ABC special event permit valid the same day you apply for your one-day liquor license. This permit must be applied for at least 48 hours before the event starts, and you must have it with you when applying for the one-day liquor license.

Contact our Experienced Wilmington Craft Beer Attorneys Today

The attorneys at Rountree Losee can help you obtain the necessary licensure. We understand that the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s licensing process can be confusing and intimidating, so let us do the legwork for you. Contact us today for a case evaluation.