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

Phone: 803-898-5864
Fax: 803-896-0110


​Local Option Permits

A local option permit applies only to food establishments, which hold permanent liquor by the drink license and a permanent beer/wine permit. This permit allows the food establishment to operate and to possess, sell, and consume alcoholic liquors, beer, and wine during otherwise restricted hours. Pursuant to S.C. Code 61-6-2010, this permit will be valid each Sunday morning 12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Monday. A temporary permit is only valid for the premises covered by the permanent license(s). A permit is not valid until approved by the SCDOR and posted with the permanent license in the business. Business establishments may continue to operate from 12:01 a.m. Monday morning until 2:00 a.m. under their permanent liquor by the drink license and beer and wine permit.

A business must hold a valid permanent liquor by the drink license to be eligible for a Sunday Local Option Permit and be located in a county or municipality which has passed a referendum authorizing the issuance of temporary permits within the county/city limits.

The person applying must hold permanent liquor by the drink license at the location applied for. If applying for a corporation, the application must be signed by an officer. If the business is owned by a partnership, only one partner may sign the application. If the business is a sole proprietor, the owner must sign. Fill in the fee amount. Place total fee(s) submitted in appropriate column. Enclose a check made payable to the SCDOR in the amount shown under the total column on the application.

Application and Fees
Annual LOP:

  • Complete and Submit the ABL-29
  • Submit non-refundable fee- $3050.00 for 52 weeks

Weekly LOP:

  • Complete and Submit the ABL-29
  • Submit refundable application fees- $200.00/Sunday
    *The fee will be refunded if the application is denied*