Q. How long does it take to get a license?
A. The time varies, depending on several factors: the length of time taken to process and get CIB reports back; whether or not paper work is in order; inspector's schedule, Commissioner's review of file.
Q. How do I get a liquor/wine/beer license?
A. Call Licensing Division and ask for an application packet, which contains the necessary forms and instructions (phone 1-800-642-8208 or (304) 558-2481) or download forms from our website.
Q. Are personal checks or cash acceptable?
A. License fees must be paid in the form of a Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order.
Q. What is the distance restriction concerning a church or school?
A. Three hundred (300) feet measured front door to front door, as people travel.
Q. Can an individual get a liquor license?
A. An individual may obtain a retail nonintoxicating beer or wine license so long as he/she has been a resident of West Virginia for two (2) years prior to making application. Any establishment selling liquor to consume on the premises is considered a private club; and private club licenses may be issued only to corporations, associations, or limited liability companies.
Q. A license is good for how long?
A. All licenses expire June 30 of each year and must be renewed at that time. The fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.
Q. When a business is sold, can the license be transferred?
A. A license is not transferable from one person or entity to another.
Q. Can a license be transferred to another location?
A. A license may be transferred from one location to another, provided the proper forms are completed and submitted to this office and the location transfer meets with the approval of the ABCA inspector and Commissioner.
Q. Can a person who is not a resident of West Virginia obtain a license?
A. An individual applicant must have been a resident at least two years prior to making application. If the applicant be a corporation, the officers and directors are not required to be residents so long as the on-site manager has been a resident at least two years prior to application being made. If the applicant be an association or partnership, all members or partners are required to be residents two years prior to making application. If the applicant be a limited liability company, the members and/or managers of the company are not required to be West Virginia residents so long as the on-site manager has been a resident for a period of not less than two years.
Q. Can an out-of-state corporation obtain a license?
A. A out-of-state corporation would be required to get a "Certificate of Authority to Do Business in West Virginia" from the Secretary of State's Office.
Q. How do I form a corporation, association, or limited liability company?
A. Contact the Secretary of State's Office to get information on obtaining necessary forms and registering the entity.
Q. Why is it necessary to register the trade name?
A. It is a requirement of the Secretary of State's Office that, when an entity does business under a name other than the entity name, the trade name (d/b/a) name must be registered and certified with that office.
Q. What are some of the most common reasons that license renewals are returned?
A. 1. All of the required signatures are not on the form. For a corporation, the president or vice-president of the corporation must sign the application itself and the bonds. If an association, each person listed as a member of the association must sign all of the paperwork.
2. The beer or alcohol bonds are incomplete or incorrect. Each section on the bond applying to the licensee must be completed in the proper section. There are specific sections for each type of entity- a corporation, an association, an individual or partnership. The proper section must be completed. Also, be sure the appropriate individuals have signed if it is a new bond form. (See item #1)
3. Improper form of payment. The only forms of payment accepted for license fees are cashier or certified checks or money orders.
4. Failure to answer all questions. Please answer every question on the renewal application., Even if all of the officers are the same as last year, We need them listed anyway. Renewal applications are relied upon for keeping our files updated and accurate.
Q. What if I’m ready to renew my license but the health department does not have my new health permit ready?
A. You should go ahead and send your renewal to the ABCA with a note that you will send your new Health Permit as soon as you get it. We will not hold up your renewal for a health permit, but you must send a copy of the new permit as soon as you get it so that we can complete your file. If current health permit is not received by February of fiscal year, you will be notified and license will be placed on hold status until the health permit is received
Q. What information is available on the ABCA Website?
A. Liquor stores can download the wholesale spirits catalog. Also available for downloading is a listing of all retail licensees and their addresses. Other information includes staff information, history of the agency, monthly violation settlements, licensing information, and a link to an interactive blood alcohol test.
Q. How do I get to the ABCA offices?
A. DIRECTIONS TO THE ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE -
322 70th Street, SE, Charleston, West Virginia 25304 (304) 558-2481 or 1-800-642-8208
Traveling from the West Virginia State Capitol, stay on 77 south, which is the same route as 64E
Take the McCorkle Avenue Exit, or Exit 95. Go 61 south (or east) at the split, or right. You will travel past Bob Evans, Lone Star Restaurant, Kmart, and then after you go under the Interstate Bridge, you will see the 70th Street marker on the left side of the road, just beside of the Massey Coal Services building, travel to the back of the building to park and enter the building parallel with the turnpike to speak to our receptionist.
How much does a license cost?
Class A on-premise licenses are licenses that are issued for which the alcoholic beverages are consumed at the location. Fees are based on the types of alcoholic beverages served and the type of business entity applicant.
Private Club (less than 1,000 members) - liquor, wine & non-intoxicating beer
Private Club (1,000 or more members) - liquor, wine & non-intoxicating beer
Fraternal Club (Non-Profit) - liquor, wine & non-intoxicating beer
Fraternal Club (Non-Profit) - non-intoxicating beer
Tavern - non-intoxicating beer
Private Wine Restaurant - wine only
Private Wine Restaurant - wine & non-intoxicating beer only
Private Wine Spa - wine only
Private Wine Bed & Breakfast - wine only
Special Events (Fairs and Festivals) - wine & non-intoxicating beer
- wine only
- non-intoxicating beer only
Off-Premise Wine Sales - Private Clubs and Private Wine Restaurants only
Class B off-premise licenses are licenses that are issued for which the alcoholic beverages are purchased at the location but are transported to another location for consumption. Fees are based on the types of alcoholic beverages sold.
Liquor – Retail Outlet - Class A or Class B
Wine Tasting “Farm Winery”