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Business (Restaurant & Hotel) Liquor by the Drink License authorizes the sale of liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption. Only restaurants and places of lodging may hold this license.
Business (Restaurant & Hotel) Liquor by the Drink License must be renewed every two years. The renewal date is based on the county where your business operates, not the date when you applied for or received your license.
Learn more about the renewal schedule.
First, it's important for you to review the general
ABL applicant requirements listed on the ABL license directory page.
When you’re ready to apply, we recommend submitting your application using our free online tax portal,
MyDORWAY. It’s faster and easier than completing a paper application, and you don’t have to worry about mail processing or making a trip to one of our offices.
The fastest, easiest way to submit these forms and apply for a
Business (Restaurant & Hotel) Liquor by the Drink License is by using our free online tax portal,
MyDORWAY. After logging in, select the
More tab, then click
Apply for a New Alcohol Beverage License.
As part of the application process, you must notify the public of your application by running an advertisement in an approved newspaper. The SCDOR will notify SLED to post a sign at your business location.
SLED sign posting
Newspaper legal advertisement
See information for licensing watercraft (boats, vessels, and ships) in our FAQs below.
If you have assumed control of a business that sells beer and wine under a valid
Business (Restaurant & Hotel) Liquor by the Drink License, you must apply for your own permit. While your application is being considered by the SCDOR, you can apply for a 120-day temporary license. You must apply for the 120-day temporary license at the same time you submit the application for the permanent license. This license allows you to continue selling beer and wine for 120 days or until your permanent license application is processed, whichever is sooner. Extensions of the 120 day period will not be granted.
Review the FAQs below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Business (Restaurant & Hotel) Liquor by the Drink License. Our
Liquor and Operating an ABL Business pages have additional helpful information.