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Annual Events

The Annual Events license authorizes the licensee to sell, serve, and/or allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages at events throughout the year. This license may be granted to specific organization types for specific purposes and may be limited to a certain of number of events per year.


Banquet Facility


Annual Arts Venue Event, Annual Banquet, Equine Sporting Event, Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) Regular


DORA Extended (more than 16 events per year)


Annual Mixed Beverage Banquet



COV 4.1-206.3.(D)(2)—Retail Licenses
COV 4.1-231.1. (A)(6)(b)—Fees on state licenses
COV 4.1-233.1. (A)(6)(b)—Fees on local licenses

Apply for This License

Completing the application may take 15–30 minutes. Average ABC processing time is 60–90 days. View the list of retail license documents (PDF) required to complete the application. Apply for this license (PDF).

The information on this page does not in any way replace or supersede what is listed in Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia or Title 3 of the Administrative Code of Virginia. It is the responsibility of every individual or business applying for a license or permit to review, in detail, the applicable sections of the code.
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Need Help?

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. For step-by-step assistance in banquet licensing, see our Licensing Wizard.


Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].

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