• Oliva Noland

What is ABC Law?

Whether it is a brand new business entering the service industry, an established bar or restaurant expanding or adding locations or services, or any organization looking to host an event where alcohol is served, these all require knowledge and careful adherence to local, state, and federal requirements and regulations called ABC Law.


ABC Law encompasses the necessary requirements for any business dealing with alcohol sales. An attorney who practices ABC Law can help you effectively navigate each level so that your business remains in compliance with all applicable regulations.

What is ABC Law?
What is ABC Law?

At the federal level, ABC Law is governed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury through the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”). See 27 CFR chapter 1. Satisfying the requirements set forth by the TTB are very important for a new business because the TTB determines who is qualified to engage in the alcoholic beverage industry. Further, if you intend to produce your own alcoholic beverages, you will need TTB approval on aspects such as product formula and product labels.

At the state level, ABC Law in North Carolina is governed by the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, which provides uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption, and possession of all alcoholic beverages in the state. Since the federal regulations serve as base level requirements, the regulations found in Chapter 18b of North Carolina’s General Statutes exist as additional requirements.

Lastly, depending on the particular location of your business, there may be relevant local regulations that must be adhered to. For example, there may be a local zoning ordinance that could affect an aspect of your business.


Whether you are looking start a new, or purchase/expand an existing, brewery, distillery, winery, meadery, or the like, Dye Culik PC can help. We are a Charlotte, North Carolina business and litigation law firm. Contact us or give us a call at 980-999-3557.