Virginia ABC > Licenses
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Banquet licenses allow persons or groups to host events such as wedding receptions, tastings or fundraisers, where alcohol is served in an unlicensed location or club premise.
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Retail licenses allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, grocery stores and other designated locations.
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Virginia ABC issues licenses for manufacturers, wholesalers and shippers of alcoholic beverages.
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Additional privileges may be added to retail and industry licenses. These include in-state delivery and solicitor tasting permits.

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Virginia ABC offers licensee responsibility courses to support retail businesses and their employees to be successful and compliant with Virginia ABC laws and regulation. Learn more about licensee training.
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This section of the website is designed to assist licensees in maintaining a safe, regulated business.

ABC grants a range of privileges, or "licenses," to businesses, groups and individuals enabling the manufacture, distribution, selling and serving of alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth. Holders of these privileges are commonly called “licensees."

The selling and serving of alcoholic beverages is a business that is subject to higher legal and social accountability than almost any other industry. As a licensee, you shoulder many responsibilities, including preventing underage sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Virginia ABC has a strict "zero tolerance" policy for underage consumption and looks to you to aggressively avoid these sales.
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Need Help?

Special agents are the primary resource for questions related to operating a business with an ABC license. Contact a special agent via your regional ABC office. For step-by-step assistance in banquet licensing, see our Licensing Wizard.


Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].

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Moving into Virginia? Returning from vacation? Learn more about bringing personal alcohol into the commonwealth.