TABC Licensing

A TABC license or permit is required by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission before manufacturers, distributors, retailers, etc. can start making or selling alcoholic beverages. To date, there are over 50 different types of licenses and permits.

Overview of the TABC Licensing Process

New Applications

  1. Select the alcohol industry tier of your business - manufacturer, distributor/wholesaler, or retailer. The license or permit that you need will be dependent on your industry.

  2. Register your business with the Texas Secretary of State and the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

  3. Find the right location for your business. For a business selling on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages like in the case of clubs, restaurants, bars, etc, the property must be located in an area called wet zone. For alcohol take out like in the case of grocery stores, gasoline stations, liquor stores, etc, the property must be located within a commercial zone. 

  4. Accomplish forms for your application.

  5. Submit complete application.

Wait time and release of your new Texas liquor license can take approximately 50 days from the date the TABC received your complete application.

Renewal Applications

You can process your TABC license renewal online on their website. This is applicable if no changes will be done on the information or ownership of the license or permit. Otherwise, you can transact personally with the TABC.

Applying for your Liquor License or Permit

The TABC licensing process can be daunting if you are unfamiliar with the alcoholic beverage code. Deciding on which permit alone will already take so much of the time you don't have.

Navigating through the complex TABC rules and regulations, complying with a ton of paperwork requirement, and putting your business plans altogether can be overwhelming. It is best to leave this task to professionals who know the state and local alcohol licensing requirements.

Our expert TABC law attorneys will help you secure your Texas alcohol license without you going through this difficult and time-consuming process. We work closely with restaurant, bar, private club, and brewery owners in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington.


We transact with TABC on your behalf so you can focus on the more important aspects of your business. We help you stick to your timeline and ensure that you operate lawfully without incurring any TABC violation.

Contact us today for any of your TABC licensing needs