Many establishments in Dallas, Texas, sell liquor, beer, and wine, whether directly to the public or on a business-to-business (B2B) basis. In order to do so, it’s necessary to obtain the proper TABC permitting through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. It is illegal to sell alcohol without the proper licenses.
However, the TABC licensing process is often time-consuming; and many businesses find that they need help completing applications for TABC liquor licenses. That’s where Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C. comes in. We help you navigate the TABC licensing process from start to finish so you can focus on your business.
Getting a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Liquor License
There are multiple steps establishments have to take in order to obtain their TABC liquor license. One false step or missing piece of information can delay the process even longer. That, in turn, delays business and results in decreased sales, which nobody wants.
In order to be approved for a TABC liquor license, applicants must meet qualifying criteria, including
- Must be at least the drinking age, which in the United States is 21 years old.
- Must not have any felony convictions within the 5 years preceding the application for a liquor permit.
- Must only apply for a single permit type, either a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer
- Must not have convictions for immoral or dishonest behavior — i.e. theft or fraud — in the six months preceding the TABC liquor license permit application.
- Must follow local ordinances such as zoning and occupancy restrictions and observe the hours of selling alcohol allowable by law.
Failure to meet these TABC criteria can result in the denial of the license and starting the entire process over again. Those found in violation of established guidelines after obtaining their permit will be subject to suspension or cancellation.
Understanding the Different Types of Licenses
In order to begin the application process, it’s important to know which alcoholic beverage license to apply for, as they are all different.
A Manufacturer’s permit is those for businesses and/or individuals that produce and sell beer, wine, or other types of alcohol. These include breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Dallas TX, mostly, though they may also apply to nonresident sellers and brewers who wish to sell to Texas permit holders.
A Retail license is for those that sell alcoholic beverages for on- or off-premise consumption, such as bars, clubs, and liquor stores, also known as package stores.
A distributor license are for companies that import and then sell to Dallas TX locations on a wholesale basis to any location in Texas allowed to purchase alcohol and malt beverages.
How We Can Help
It can be challenging to gather all of the information, fill out the application, and visit your local TABC office in Texas for help with your alcoholic beverage licenses. Instead, contact us at Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C. and learn how we can make the process simple for you from start to finish.