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What type of Texas liquor license or permit does my business need?
How quickly will I get my TABC permit?
Do I need to post a 60-day sign?
How much will a permit cost?

Understanding what type of license your establishment needs — and how to abide by TABC code and rules to properly maintain your license — can be tricky. Luckily, we have several resources to help you navigate the TABC permitting process.

Download our free resources to learn more about the Texas liquor license application process, including TABC permit tips, best marketing practices, renewal guidelines, and more!

Browse our available resources below and check back later as we continually add new content.

TABC PERMIT TIPS TO CONSIDER

  • The type of alcohol sold determines the Texas liquor license needed.
  • The TABC prohibits investing in more than one of three tiers: manufacturing, wholesale, and retail.
  • The TABC prohibits investing in more than one of three tiers: manufacturing, wholesale, and retail.
  • TABC permit applications must be approved by the city, county, and comptroller before being submitted to the agency.
  • As of August 2018, the TABC is reporting an average application processing time of 51 days.
  • Certain locations must post notice for 60 days prior to permit issuance.

PERMIT & LICENSE RENEWAL

TABC permits and licenses must be renewed with the state every two years.

The TABC has implemented an online service for permit holders to easily renew their licenses and/or permits without having to go into their local TABC office or mail in any paperwork.*

*This service is only available if all the information and ownership for the permit has remained unchanged. If any changes have occurred, you must inform the TABC. Please contact Storm Liquor License for guidance and assistance with submitting changes to the TABC.

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RESPONSIBILITIES COURSE

Before a permit or license is issued, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) requires at least one of the permit-holding entity’s controlling parties to complete an interview where a compliance agent reviews the dos and don’ts of the TABC.

Recently, the TABC created the Responsibilities Course to cut down the wait time for interviews and speed up the permit process.

The Responsibilities Course is not available for all permits and licenses yet but is an option for the most common permits and licenses.

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PERMIT SUMMARY

Do you know what type of permit or liquor license your establishment requires?

From your location to the type of establishment you are running, several factors influence what type of permit you need. These different factors can make the process confusing and overwhelming.

Our Permit Summary breaks down the most common permits or liquor licenses available in Texas to retail establishments.

This quick reference guide will help kickstart your application process in the right direction.

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COST AND BUDGET SUMMARY

Managing your establishment's budget can be difficult but managing your budget for a Texas liquor license or permit doesn't have to be.

While the actual cost of acquiring a license or permit is dependent on the applicant's establishment, we put together a Cost and Budget Summary that represents the fees and costs typically incurred by locations in Dallas.

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TABC PERMIT APPLICATION GUIDE FOR AUSTIN

A complete application for a TABC permit authorizing the on-premises consumption of alcohol requires "prequalification" from certain local governments and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts using the On-Premise Prequalification Packet.

To help you through this process, we have compiled a step-by-step city-specific guide. Using this guide will not only help you create a plan to complete crucial, time-sensitive steps required for a complete TABC application but also help you to create a realistic timeline and budget for your specific TABC liquor license or permit.

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