The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issues licenses based upon criteria such as beverage type, establishment type, and/or place of consumption. The licenses allow for the serving and/or sale of wine, beer, and/or mixed beverages. Although the Board has many types of licenses, they fall within three categories--banquet, retail and compliance/industry licenses.
Banquet Licenses are for persons or groups who plan to host an event such as a wedding reception, birthday party, family reunion, tasting, fundraiser, etc. where alcohol will be served in an unlicensed location or club premise. Select Banquet (One-Day) and Specialty Banquet Licenses for information on banquet license types, costs and for the online application.
Retail Licenses allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, grocery stores, gourmet shops, delicatessens, etc. Select License Types & Costs for a complete list of privileges and costs. Select Forms & Reports for the retail application.
Compliance/Industry privileges are granted to the following groups: shipper, wholesaler, importer, manufacturer, etc. Select Forms & Reports for the retail application (used for all compliance/industry licenses.) Select Shipper's License/Carrier Process for additional procedures and information related to shipper's licenses and the Common Carrier approval process.
Retail Licensee Guide
The Retail Licensee Guide is currently being updated and will be posted immediately after it is completed. The "Frequently Asked Questions" section features some of the same questions and answers that are included in the guide. Licensees with compliance questions are encouraged to contact their ABC special agent for guidance.