Welcome to the South Carolina Department of Revenue Alcohol Beverage Licensing (ABL) website. Here you will find the answers to most of your questions. You can access information about all license types, find answers to frequently asked questions, and obtain other useful information. What you can access on this website:
General Information: Provides access to general information about ABL.
Forms: Provides access to current ABL forms.
License Types: Provides a description, fee, application and list of qualifications for a South Carolina Alcohol Beverage Licensing license/permit.
License Location Query: Provides the ability to search licensed locations within the State of South Carolina by license type, city, and/or county. (License Location Query Instruction Manual)
FAQs: Provides answers to frequently asked questions about beer, wine and liquor licensing. Updated 4/2013
Help: Provides information to frequently dialed numbers and taxpayer service centers.
The Department recently issued new ABL penalty guidelines, to view these guidelines, please follow the link provided below:
SC Revenue Procedure #13-2
In the recent legislative session, the South Carolina General Assembly passed and the Governor signed several bills affecting Alcohol Beverage Licensing in our state.
The Following House Bills Have Been Revised:
House Bill 5098, Section 1 (Act No. 312)
Local Option Permits—Municipal Referendum Procedure
Code Section 61-6-2010, which authorizes Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor under temporary permits, known as local option permits, in counties and municipalities that approve Sunday sales by referendum, has been amended. Subsection (H) was added to define “general election” and clarify the procedure for a municipal Sunday sales referendum.
General Elections. For purposes of a referendum under Code Section 61-6-2010, “general election” means either (i) a county election held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even-numbered years or (ii) a municipal election held at a time other than the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even-numbered years—in other words, any day other than the day a county general election is held.
Municipal Referendum Procedure. A municipality may call, by ordinance, for a referendum to be held on the same date as the county general election if:
1. The municipality does not have a municipal general election scheduled on another day within the same calendar year; and
2. A copy of the ordinance has been filed with the county and municipal election commissions no later than deadline set forth in Code Section 7-13-355 for submission of questions to be placed on a referendum.
The municipality must pay the expenses for its referendum. A municipal referendum held on the same date as the county general election may be conducted by a municipal election commission or a county election commission as agreed between the municipality and the county.
Effective Date: June 18, 2012
CAUTION TAXPAYERS: THE ABL FAX NUMBER HAS CHANGED
New Fax Number: 803-896-0110
Please note when placing your ad in the newspaper, failure to include the correct fax number in your ad will result in you having to RE-RUN the ad.
Check for the correct fax number on the "Notice of Application" page located in ABL Forms: 901, 902, 903, 904, & 921.
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS:
THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES WERE DUE FOR RENEWAL BY MAY 31st:
TO AVOID HAVING TO REAPPLY, PLEASE RENEW BY MAIL OR IN A DISTRICT OFFICE NO LATER THAN JUNE 30th. A LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR ANY RENEWALS RECEIVED BETWEEN JUNE 1st AND JUNE 30th. ANY SALES MADE PRIOR TO THE RENEWAL OF THE PERMIT/LICENSE ARE UNLAWFUL. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE ABL SECTION AT (803)898-5864.