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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: 7-10 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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Need Help?

Explore our list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). For additional licensing assistance, please contact your regional ABC office or email [email protected].

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