1011 E Morehead St

Charlotte, NC 28204

(704) 376-3200

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North Carolina ABC Compliance

Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo fills a highly technical niche across the state of North Carolina and in the Charlotte community, providing specialized services in the area of ABC law. North Carolina provides uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages. The Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (known as the “ABC Commission”) is an agency within the NC Department of Public Safety. Local jurisdiction over these activities is maintained by county and municipal ABC Boards, which have the authority to set policy and adopt rules as long as they conform with the ABC laws and State Commission rules. It is a complex and intertwined system of regulation.


Whether it is a new business entering the service industry, an established restaurant or bar that is looking to expand, or an organization looking to host a special event where alcohol is served, Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo can provide the needed guidance, knowledge and skills.

Our Charlotte based ABC Specialists have over 20 years of experience practicing in the area of ABC law.  They have represented numerous permit holders.  The firm’s clients include restaurants, bars, distillers, craft breweries, and some of the largest stadiums and amphitheaters in North Carolina. From helping to structure and grow a business, to securing permits, to defending violations of the regulations, Rawls, Scheer, Foster, & Mingo partners with its clients to guide them through all aspects of their relationship with the ABC Board.

A key man in the firm’s ABC practice is Bill Cox, the firm’s ABC case manager and consultant. He is a former Chief of the Mecklenburg County ABC Law Enforcement.  Bill brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to the team and provides clients with exceptional consulting services in every aspect of ABC licensing.


Requirements for obtaining liquor licenses in North Carolina are stringent, and the process can be a bureaucratic nightmare. Daunting paperwork, required staff training, and long unforeseen delays can run up operating costs and become a time-consuming source of frustration to business owners and managers.

Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo handles every aspect of that application process and helps businesses obtain permits with minimum hassle in the shortest possible time.

Incorporation Services

For new businesses or business ventures, Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo provides complete incorporation services to set up the corporation, LLC, or partnership in order to ensure the the business model complies with all ABC requirements.  Where needed, the firm also:

  • writes comprehensive operating agreements
  • provides lease consultations and recommendations for commercial leases
  • expedites the incorporation with the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Hearings and Petitions

Businesses in the alcohol sales and manufacture industry often need to appear in front of the ABC Commission in Raleigh to petition for special consideration or answer alleged violations.  Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo has been representing business clients before the ABC Board for over 20 years, petitioning the Commission for approval of physical premises extensions for ABC permits, waivers, special one-time permits, and variances from regulations.

Training and Violations

In order to avoid sanctions to the business, Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo provides employers with ABC education and training for employees and servers. This training may prevent ABC violations that can occur when staff are unaware of the laws and regulations relating to the retail sale and service of alcohol.  If an alcohol license violation does occur, the firm provides representation to the business in an effort to avoid suspension or revocation of an ABC permit and mitigate monetary penalties.  Additionally, the criminal defense team at Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo will ensure that the company or its staff has the best possible legal representation in the event of a criminal charge relating to ABC violations.

Last Call Summary Suspensions

In April 2010, the state ABC Commission announced the “Last Call” policy. The order allows the ABC Commission to impose an immediate suspension of ABC permits, without requiring a Commission vote.  That action is devastating to businesses that rely on alcohol sales for revenue and to attract customers.  Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo treats “last call” suspensions as the emergency they are and will seek a quick resolution with the ACB Board.

Annual Retainer Services

Many businesses have on-going issues and needs regarding ABC matters.  Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo has many clients on annual retainer plans – flat annual fees – under which the firm provides the following services at no additional charge:

  • Hassle-free annual renewals for ABC permits
  • Corporate renewals with the North Carolina Secretary of State
  • Registered agent services
  • Consultations as issues arise