14B NCAC 15C .0102 APPLICATION PROCEDURES
(a) Who Files. Before any winery, brewery, distiller, wholesaler, importer, bottler, vendor, distiller representative, brokerage representative, salesman, supplier representative, or vendor representative sells, solicits orders for, or manufactures, bottles, or imports any alcoholic beverage in this State, that person shall first file written application for the appropriate permit and pay any required fees, as described in G.S. 18B-902, and as set forth in this Rule. Applications for permits for businesses shall be filed by those individuals listed in G.S. 18B-900(c).
(b) Application. Application forms for all ABC permits may be obtained from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission's office or website as set forth in 14B NCAC 15A .0102. Each person shall provide in the application, under oath, the following information, as applicable:
(1) the name, address, email address, last four digits of social security number, and telephone number(s) of the applicant;
(2) the mailing address and location address of the business for which a permit is desired, and the county and state where the business is located;
(3) the name of the business and whether the business is a sole proprietorship, corporation, limited liability company, or partnership;
(4) the trade name of business;
(5) the applicant's date of birth;
(6) if the business is a corporation or limited liability company, the name and address of the person authorized to accept service of process of Commission notices or orders under G.S, 1A, Rule 4(j);
(7) if the applicant is a non-resident intending to operate a business in the State, the name and address of a resident of the State appointed as the applicant's attorney‑in‑fact in accordance with Chapter 32C of the General Statutes for purposes of G.S. 18B-900(a)(2)b.;
(8) if the application is for a vendor representative, brokerage representative, distiller representative, or supplier representative permit, authorization from the commercial permittee, brokerage, distiller. or spirituous liquor supplier to represent it; and
(9) that the applicant is in compliance with G.S. 18B-900(a)(3) through (8).
(c) Additional documentation. The following documents completed, signed, notarized, and recorded, as applicable, shall be attached to and submitted with an application, and shall be incorporated as part of the application:
(1) for applicants applying on behalf of a business pursuant to G.S. 18B-900(c), the fingerprint card, Authority for Release of Information Form, and certified check, cashier check, money order, electronic payment, or credit card payment made payable to the North Carolina ABC Commission in the amount of thirty-eight dollars ($38.00) for payment of a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history record check pursuant to 14B NCAC 18B .0405;
(2) for applicants applying for brokerage representative, distiller representative, or supplier representative permits, a certified copy of the applicant's State criminal history record check;
(3) payment of applicable permit fees as authorized in 14B NCAC 15A .0104;
(4) for businesses located in this State, a certified copy of any recorded power of attorney registered in the county where the proposed licensed premises is located;
(5) for corporations not already holding a permit in this State, a copy of the Articles of Incorporation and notarized corporate certification of shareholders holding 25 percent or more of the shares of the corporation;
(6) for limited liability companies not already holding a permit in this State, a copy of Articles of Organization and notarized organizational certification of members owning 25 percent or more interest in the company. Additionally, if manager-managed, a copy of the Operating Agreement;
(7) a black and white copy of applicant's current photo identification;
(8) for a business located in this State, a copy or memorandum of the lease showing the applicant as tenant, a copy of the deed showing the applicant as the grantee or owner, or a copy of a management agreement with the owner or lessee of the permitted property showing the applicant has the authority to operate the business at the permitted location; and
(9) a Federal Employer Identification/Social Security Number Verification Form.
(d) Salesmen, Representatives, Vendors To State Companies. All salesmen, vendor representatives, distiller representatives, brokerage representatives, supplier representatives, and vendors shall further state on the permit application the name of every manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, distiller, brokerage, spirituous liquor supplier, or vendor that the applicant will represent in the State. The persons listed in this Paragraph shall notify the Commission when their authorization to represent an industry member ceases. The manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, distiller, brokerage, spirituous liquor supplier, or vendor shall notify the Commission whenever any of the persons listed in this Paragraph are no longer their authorized representative. Notification required pursuant to this Paragraph shall be made to the Commission in writing within 30 days of the termination of the authorization to represent.
(e) Wholesalers. In addition to the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Rule, before a wholesaler receives, possesses, transports, sells, delivers, or ships wine or malt beverages in the State, the vendor shall file with the Commission a separate distribution agreement filing form for each brand authorized to be sold by the wholesaler and the specific territory where the product may be sold for each wholesaler location. The distribution agreement filing form shall contain the vendor's and wholesaler's names, trade names if applicable, addresses, telephone numbers, ABC permit numbers, and the name of the brand and territory where the sales may take place in the State, by county or parts of counties. For wine vendors, the form shall also state whether the vendor ships 1,250 cases or more of wine in the State each year. The form shall be signed and dated by the vendor and the wholesaler. If any changes in the distribution agreement affect the information on the distribution agreement filing form filed with the Commission, the wholesaler shall amend the form and file it with the Commission on a revised distribution agreement filing form before the changes become effective.
(f) Liquor Importer/Bottler. In addition to the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Rule, a liquor importer/bottler applying for a permit shall submit a description of the operations of its business, which shall include the location address of any storage facility or bottling plant, if different than the address shown on the permit application, and any associated federal alcoholic beverage permit numbers.
(g) Nonresident Vendors. In addition to the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Rule, a nonresident malt beverage vendor or a nonresident wine vendor applying for a permit shall submit the following:
(1) a copy of the Federal Basic Permit or Brewers Notice;
(2) a statement of whether the business is a malt beverage vendor or a wine vendor;
(3) a statement whether the applicant has ever been disapproved by any government agency for any application to manufacture, use, store, rectify, bottle, distribute, sell, import, or transport distilled spirits, beer, or wine;
(4) a statement whether the applicant has ever compromised, by payment of penalties or otherwise, any violation of any federal or state laws relating to internal revenue or customs taxation of alcoholic beverages; and
(5) certification of understanding that the applicant can only engage in activities authorized by the ABC laws of this State for the permit issued, and that before any wine or malt beverage can be offered for sale in the State, the product and label must be approved by the Commission.
(h) Wine Producers. In addition to the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Rule, a wine producer applying for a permit shall submit a copy of the recorded deed or lease for the farming establishment that meets the requirements set forth in G.S. 18B-1000(10), including the address of the farm and one of the following:
(1) a survey or diagram of the farm, indicating the areas and acreage used in the production of grapes, berries, or other fruits for the manufacture of unfortified wine; or
(2) an affidavit stating that the farm consists of at least five acres committed to the production of grapes, berries, or other fruits for the manufacture of unfortified wine, listing the acreage used for this purpose and its function.
(i) Wine Shippers. In addition to the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Rule, a wine shipper applying for a permit shall submit the following:
(1) a description of the operation of the business;
(2) a website address through which orders will be received;
(3) a statement whether the applicant has ever been disapproved by any government agency for any application to manufacture, use, store, rectify, bottle, distribute, sell, import or transport distilled spirits, beer, or wine;
(4) a statement whether the applicant has ever compromised, by payment of penalties or otherwise, any violation of any federal or state laws relating to internal revenue or customs taxation of alcoholic beverages;
(5) a statement whether the business entity holds a valid Federal Basic Permit, either as a Bonded Wine Cellar or Bonded Winery, and a copy of the Federal Basic Permit; and
(6) a wine shipper brand listing consisting of all brands of fortified and unfortified wines identified to be shipped into the State by the wine shipper, including the names of the common carriers used for shipping. The permitted wine shipper may amend the brands of wine permitted to be shipped into the State by filing an amended wine shipper brand listing with the Commission prior to shipping. Only brands identified by the wine shipper to the Commission in writing may be legally shipped into the State.
History Note: Authority G.S. 18B-100; 18B-109; 18B‑207; 18B‑900; 18B‑902; 18B-1000; 18B-1001.1; 18B-1105.1; 18B-1113; 18B-1114; 18B-1114.3; 18B-1114.7; 18B-1203; 18B-1303;
Eff. January 1, 1982;
Amended Eff. May 1, 1984;
Transferred and Recodified from 04 NCAC 02T .0102 Eff. August 1, 2015;
Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. August 19, 2017;
Amended Eff. April 1, 2019.