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IMPORTANT NOTICE: CHANGE TO ABC MAILING POLICY: All notices including renewal billings will be sent to the corporate address for your business. Licenses will continue to be mailed to the establishment address. Please contact your agent via phone or email to provide updated contact, email and address information.

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.

Approximate processing time:
Banquet Licenses: 8-10 days
Retail and Industry Licenses/Permits: 60 days 

champagne at special event
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.
Bottles of distilled spirits in a restaurant
Retail licenses allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, grocery stores and other designated locations.
Glass bottles
Virginia ABC issues licenses for manufacturers, wholesalers and shippers of alcoholic beverages.
Beer keg
Additional privileges may be added to retail and industry licenses. These include in-state delivery and solicitor tasting permits.
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Licensing Wizard

For step-by-step assistance in determining the license or permit that you need, see our Licensing Wizard.


Need Help?

Explore our list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). For additional licensing assistance, please contact your regional ABC office or email enforcement@virginiaabc.com.

Bringing Personal Alcohol into Virginia?

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