Get a License or Permit

Although Virginia ABC has many types of licenses, they fall within three basic categories: banquet, retail and industry licenses. In addition, there are a number of permits that may be added once a particular license is obtained.

View and download applications for ABC licenses and permits through the following links.


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.


Retail licenses allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, grocery stores, gourmet shops, delicatessens, etc.


Industry privileges are granted to shippers, wholesalers, importers, manufacturers and other participants in the alcoholic beverage industry.


Additional privileges may be added to retail and industry licenses. These include keg, in-state delivery, and solicitor tasting permits

For Assistance

For ABC licensing assistance, please contact your regional ABC office or email enforcement@abc.virginia.gov.

Shippers and Carriers

View information and forms related to a shipper's license and common carrier process.