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Specialized Retail Licenses

Specialized retail licenses authorize a variety of privileges for particular businesses, ranging from day spas to meal assembly kitchens. View application guidelines. There is a nonrefundable $195 application fee for each license listed below.

Amphitheater, Annual

Mixed beverages. Seating and geographic restrictions apply. See COV 4.1-210.A (8–9).

Food concession at outdoor performing arts facility

COST
$560
 

Art Instruction Studio

Wine and beer on premises. See COV 4.1-206 (13).

Commercial establishment providing all required supplies and instruction in creating a work of art during a studio instructional session

COST
$100
 

Arts Venue Event, Annual

Wine and beer on premises. Limited to 12 calendar days per year. See COV 4.1-206 (12).

Arts venue, community art walk

COST
$100
 

Banquet, Annual

Wine and beer on premises. See COV 4.1-209.A (9).

Private nonprofit fraternal, patriotic, charitable membership organization

COST
$150
 

Banquet, Annual

Mixed beverages on premises. See COV 4.1-210.A (11).

Private nonprofit fraternal, patriotic, charitable membership organization.

COST
$500
 

Banquet Facility

Wine, beer and mixed beverages. No sales. See COV 4.1-206 (3).

Volunteer fire department, volunteer rescue squad.

COST
$190
 

Bespoke Clothier

Wine or beer for on premises consumption upon the licensed premises approved by the Board to any member; however, the licensee shall not give more than two five-ounce glasses of wine OR two 12-ounce glasses of beer to any such customer. See COV 4.1-206 (19).

Bespoke Clothier is a permanent retail establishment that offers, by appointment only, custom made apparel and that offers a membership program to customers. Member means a person who maintains a membership for a period of not less than one month by payment of monthly, quarterly, or annual dues in the manner established by the rules of the bespoke clothier establishment.

COST
$100
 

Bed and Breakfast

Wine, beer and mixed beverages to overnight lodgers for on-premises consumption. See COV 4.1-206 (5).

Bed and breakfast establishments

COST
$35
 

Canal Boat Operator

Wine, beer and mixed beverages. No sales. Geographic restrictions apply. See COV 4.1-206 (11).

Nonprofit organization operating tourism canal boats

COST
$100
 

Carrier

Carriers undertaking to transport passengers for the general public for compensation. For beer and wine on premises, see COV 4.1-209.A (1)(b–d). For mixed beverages on premises, see COV 4.1-210.A (6), and view more information.

Beer on premises


COST
Boat (per boat): $145
Train (per car): $145
 

Wine and beer on premises

COST
Airplane: $750
Boat (per boat): $300
Train (per car): $300
 

Mixed beverages on premises

COST
Airplane: $1,475
Boat (per boat): $560
Train (per car): $190
 

Wine, beer, mixed beverages on premises

COST
Airplane: $190
Boat (per boat): $190
Train (per car): $190
 

Commercial Lifestyle Center

Issued only to a commercial owners’ association governing a commercial lifestyle center. See COV 4.1-206 A (15).

Authorizes any retail on-premises restaurant licensee that is a tenant of the commercial lifestyle center to sell alcoholic beverages to any bona fide customer to whom alcoholic beverages may be lawfully sold for consumption on that portion of the licensed premises designated by the Board such as plazas, seating areas, concourses or similar areas. Also allows the sale of alcoholic beverages on the premises of any tenant location of the commercial lifestyle center that is not a retail licensee of the Board with that tenant’s approval, but excluding parking areas. Only alcoholic beverages purchased from these retail on-premises licensees may be consumed on the premises of the commercial lifestyle center and must be contained in paper, plastic or similar disposable containers with the name or logo of the restaurant that sold the alcoholic beverage clearly displayed. The alcoholic beverages shall not be sold or charged for in any way. Appropriate signage clearly demarcating the boundaries of the licensed premises must be displayed for the public; however, no physical barriers are required. The licensee must provide adequate security to insure compliance with the applicable provisions of this title and Board regulations.

COST
$300
 

Day Spa

Wine and beer on premises. See COV 4.1-206 (8), and view more information.

Commercial establishments offering both massage therapy and barbering or cosmetology services, licensed in accordance to COV 54.1.

COST
$100
 

Equine Sporting Event

Wine, beer and mixed beverages: for organization holding equestrian events. Shall not sell or charge for alcoholic beverages. See COV 4.1-206 (8).

Organizations holding equestrian, hunt and steeplechase events

COST
$130
 

Gourmet Oyster House

Wine and beer on and off premises. See COV 4.1-209.A (12). Keg privileges can be added for an additional $65.

Commercial marina permitted to serve oysters/fresh seafood on premises

COST
$230
 

Local Special Events License

Alcoholic beverages. See COV 4.1-206.A (17).

Issued only to a locality, business improvement district or nonprofit organization within the area designated by the Board for the special event including sidewalks and the premises of businesses not licensed to sell alcoholic beverages at retail, upon approval of such businesses.

COST
$300
 

Meal Assembly Kitchen

Wine and beer on premises. See COV 4.1-206 (10).

Commercial establishment offering ingredients for the preparation of meals

COST
$100
 

Motor Car Sporting Event Facility

Wine, beer and mixed beverages. Shall not sell or charge for alcoholic beverages. See COV 4.1-206 (9), and view more information.

Licensed premises regularly occupied and utilized for motor car sporting events

COST
$130
 

Motor Sports Facility, Annual

Mixed beverages on premises. See COV 4.1-210.A (13).

Food concession at outdoor motor sports facility hosting NASCAR national touring race.

COST
$560
 

Motor Sports Race Track, Annual

Mixed beverages on premises. Geographic restrictions apply. See COV 4.1-210.A (10).

Food concession at outdoor road racing facility

COST
$560
 

Museum

Wine, beer and mixed beverages. Shall not sell or charge for alcoholic beverages. See COV 4.1-206 (6).

Tax-exempt museum

COST
$190
 

Performing Arts Facility, Annual

Mixed beverages. See COV 4.1-210.A (14).

Corporation or association owned by government entity

COST
$560
 

Shipper, Beer

The sale and shipment into or within the Commonwealth of no more than two cases of beer per month to any person in the Commonwealth to whom alcoholic beverages may be lawfully sold for personal consumption and not for resale. View restrictions and additional information.

Brewery, off premises retail business.

COST
$230
 

Shipper, Wine

The sale and shipment into or within the Commonwealth of no more than two cases of wine per month to any person in the Commonwealth to whom alcoholic beverages may be lawfully sold for personal consumption and not for resale. View restrictions and additional information.

Winery, farm winery, off-premises retail business.

COST
$230
 

Shipper, Wine and Beer

The sale and shipment into or within the Commonwealth of no more than two cases of wine or two cases of beer per month to any person in the Commonwealth to whom alcoholic beverages may be lawfully sold for personal consumption and not for resale. View restrictions and additional information.

Winery, farm winery, brewery, off-premises retail business.

COST
$230
 

Special Event, Annual

Wine, beer and mixed beverages. See COV 4.1-210.A (5).

Performing arts facility, fairground, agricultural event, art education and exhibition facility

COST
$560

Revised June 30, 2020 

ABC Special Agents

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.