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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ South Carolina Department of Revenue
Alcohol Beverage Licensing
PO Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214-0907

Phone: 803-898-5864

Report alcohol-related violations:

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Liquor Warehouse Lic​ense (PLW)​

The Liquor Warehouse License authorizes:

  • The storage of liquor in a designated warehouse
  • The shipment of your liquor to the warehouse from your production facility outside the state of South Carolina​​

License ​renewal

The Liquor Warehouse License must be renewed every two years. The renewal date is based on the county in which your business operates, not the date when you applied for or received your license.​ ​ Learn more about the renewal schedule​.

​​ ​This license does NOT authorize:
  • The sale of liquor to a licensed liquor store, restaurant, place of lodging, or special event holder 
  • The sale of liquor to any party other than a licensed wholesaler

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​Application requirements and instructions​

First, it's important for you to review the general ABL applicant requirements listed on the ABL license directory page ​to make sure you are eligible to apply.

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 proc​essing or making a trip to one of our offices.​

  • License fee: $600​
    • Due every two years with license renewal
    • You must pay a prorated amount of the license fee after your Liquor Warehouse License application has been approved by the SCDOR.​

License requirements ​​
  • You must submit a completed Application for Liquor Warehouse License (ABL-921), including all supplemental forms. See Required Forms below for more information. We recommend applying on MyDORWAY​, but if submitting a paper copy of the application, make sure it’s signed and dated. 
  • You must submit a copy of the lease, deed, tax bill, or enforceable written contract that grants you the right to use and control the licensed premises. This document must designate the specific area of the premises that will be licensed. In addition, you may supplement this document by submitting a copy of the ABL Lease Supplemental Information form (ABL-977). 
  • No person may have direct or indirect ownership, influence, or financial interest in more than one of the following entities: a warehouse, a distributor, or a retailer of beer, wine, or liquor.

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Frequently asked questions

Review the FAQs below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Liquor Warehouse License​. Our Liquor and ​Operating an ABL Business​​ pages ​have ​additional helpful information.​


If I have multiple licensed liquor warehouses, may I ship inventory between them?​

Related SC Code of Laws

  • SC Code Section 61-6-1300​ – Outlines restrictions on liquor warehouses 
  • SC Code Section 61-6-2890 – Outlines liquor warehouses 
  • SC Code Section 61-6-2900​ – Authorizes warehouses to ship or transfer imported liquor​s