What are the steps to obtain an ABC liquor license?

State of North Carolina

Step 1: Must apply for an ABC Liquor License with the State of North Carolina (this has nothing to do with New Hanover County)


New Hanover County

Step 2: Fill out section A of this form. https://www.nhcgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/442/Alcohol-and-Beverage-Control-Commission-ABC-License-

  • Building, Zoning and Fire signatures are not required at this point to apply for permit.

Step 3: Apply for ABC Liquor License

  • Please note, you will need to apply for a New Hanover County COAST account if you do not have a login.
  • Complete permit application and upload the form from step 1.

Step 4: Pay $100.00 permit fee (online).

Step 5: Request the necessary building ALE inspections (online)

  • Request necessary Building Inspection for signoff and signature.
  • Request necessary Zoning Inspection for signoff and signature.
  • Request Fire Jurisdiction Inspection for signoff and signature.

Step 6: Meet the inspectors onsite so inspectors can gain access to facility.

Step 7: The “Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission (ABC) License MUST be signed by each inspector.

Step 8:  Return completed form and packet to New Hanover County Manager Administrative Team (230 Government Center Drive Wilmington, NC 28403)

Step 9: Upon successful background check, County Manager Administrative Team will notarize County Manager or designee’s approval signature.

Step 10: County Manager Administrative Team will notify applicant that packet is ready to be picked up or mailed. 

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