The Virginia General Assembly approved a new licensing and fee structure for Virginia ABC that consolidates the 152 existing alcohol licenses down to 71, in a set of 12 categories. This new structure will streamline the number and type of licenses administered by the Authority and craft a less complicated licensing structure for our licensees. More information will be forthcoming.
This new structure is the outcome of a multi-year license-reform effort. This effort launched on November 29, 2018, at the request of a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, following a hearing on November 19, 2018. The goals were to consolidate licenses; explore creation of a marketplace license; analyze fees collected and determine whether to restructure to align with resources necessary to administer, monitor and enforce licenses; and consult with relevant stakeholders in creating a recommendation.