The Facts - ABC Board Basics

In 1937 North Carolina's General Assembly created a uniform system of controlling and regulating the sale of distilled spirits. A State Board of Control - The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission was established to oversee the issuance of alcohol permits, develop liquor administrative codes, determine product selections and establish uniform prices throughout the State.

Our Goals

Board Meeting Schedule

New Hanover County ABC -  our history

Board Members

January 21, 2021         9:00 A.M.

February 18, 2021       9:00 A.M.

March 18, 2021            9:00 A.M.

April 15, 2021               9:00 A.M.

May 20, 2021               9:00 A.M.

June 17, 2021              9:00 A.M.

​July 15, 2021                9:00 A.M.

August 19, 2021           9:00 A.M.

September 16, 2021     9:00 A.M.

October 21, 2021          9:00 A.M.

November 18, 2021      9:00 A.M.

December 16, 2021      9:00 A.M.

The New Hanover County ABC Board was established under Session Law 1935-418 which was ratified May 11, 1935. The date of first retail sales was August 2, 1935.

The New Hanover County ABC Board was expanded from three members to five members effective October 1, 2010.

The Goals of the Board and its employees are to achieve a reasonable balance in five general areas: (1) providing a high level of customer service, (2) contributing to the Boards beneficiaries, (3) maintaining a knowledgeable and dedicated workforce, (4) supporting efforts to ensure the legal sell and control of alcoholic beverages (5) maintaining sufficient working capital to sustain the future.

Control State

NHC ABC

Board Chair - William Blair

Board Vice-Chair - Cedric Dickerson

Board Member - William Rivenbark

Board Member - Zeke Partin

Board Member - Thomas Wolfe


General Manager- Charles Hill