Alcohol Beverage Licensing (“ABL”) and Defense

The alcohol beverage industry in South Carolina is heavily regulated through a three-tiered distribution and licensing structure that strictly separates manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing. Licenses and/or permits issued by the SC Department of Revenue generally fall into one of the following categories:

    • Retail licenses that authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages to the public;
    • Wholesale licenses that authorize the purchase of alcoholic beverages from producers for resale to retailers;
    • Manufacturing and importing licenses that authorize the production or importation of alcoholic beverages into the state.

Our ABL team has experience in assisting restaurants, hotels, retail, and entertainment clients navigate the complex application process to obtain the necessary permit and/or license from the SC Department of Revenue. We also assist clients whose applications have been denied by the Department for reasons including the filing of a public protest, an allegation of bad moral character, or an allegation of unsuitability of the proposed location. In addition, our ABL team has achieved excellent results for clients facing discipline by the SC Department of Revenue. We have successfully handled appeals of fines, suspensions, and revocations and have the experience to navigate the resulting administrative proceedings.

Consult with an Alcohol Beverage Licensing (“ABL”) and Defense Attorney

If you are in need of a South Carolina Alcohol Beverage Licensing (“ABL”) and Defense attorney, Lauren Vriesinga and her team at Clawson and Staubes are available to assist you. Contact Lauren at (843) 577-2026 or (843) 860-9168 to learn more about our services.

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