The WVABCA Licensing Division is responsible for ensuring applicants comply with West Virginia law pertaining to the issuance and maintenance of licenses, encompassing all aspects of the handling, serving, and sale of alcoholic beverages. The West Virginia Code and regulations permit these licenses to be issued only under strict and specific guidelines and require direct oversight to ensure the safety of customers, businesses and most importantly, the general public.
The Licensing Division is committed to providing fast, accurate, and courteous service to the citizens of West Virginia while ensuring fair and equitable treatment of all applicants.
The majority of licenses issued in West Virginia consists of two basic types, Class A for on-premise consumption and Class B for off-premise consumption.
| CLASS A
| Class A Licenses are issued for on-premise consumption. Annual fees are listed below:
| 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
| Brew Pub (Resident Brewer/Importer License Required)
| Special Events (Fairs and Festivals) - wine & non-intoxicating beer
| Special Events (Fairs and Festivals) - wine only
| Special Events (Fairs and Festivals) - non-intoxicating beer only
| Off-Premise Wine Sales - Private Clubs and Private Wine Restaurants only
| CLASS B
| Class B licenses are issued for off-premise consumption. Annual fees are listed below:
| Liquor Retail Outlet - Class A (Free Standing) or Class B (Mixed Retail)
| Wine Specialty
| Wine Specialty/Tasting
| Wine Sampling (only available to Wine Specialty licensees)
| Wine Tasting "Farm Winery"
| Non-intoxicating Beer
The WVABCA operates on a fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. All fees are prorated by half from January 1 to June 30, with the exception of liquor stores and special events.
Contact the Licensing Division between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm for information or assistance 304-356-5500 or ABCC.Licensing@wv.gov
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