San Antonio, Texas, home to more than one million people, is well known for its vibrant nightlife. Businesses planning on selling alcohol, whether they’re restaurants, bars, or other establishments, must go through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).

In order to obtain a permit in San Antonio, a business must meet the established criteria, and the process can be challenging. Fortunately, Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C. has years of experience in helping companies gain the proper approval.

What Type of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Permit is Needed?

In order to prepare the required documents for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, it’s important to know what to apply for. Most TABC applicants will apply for one of three main types of TABC permits for selling alcohol:


A manufacturer license is one issued to wineries, distilleries, and breweries so they can make, transport, or sell to wholesalers and distributors.


A retail license is the most common. It allows the permit-holder to sell alcoholic beverages for on- or offsite consumption to the ultimate consumer.


A distributor license allows the holder to import alcoholic beverages to its place of business for distribution to companies to sell.

Manufacturer and distributor permits are primarily for business-to-business (B2B) sales, while retail licenses are for the sale of alcohol directly to the consumer for onsite or offsite consumption, such as a restaurant, bar, or liquor store.

Businesses can only hold one type of license at a time. Applying for multiple tiers will result in the Texas agency denying the application.

How Long Does a TABC Permit Last?

Establishments must renew their TABC permits every two years. The fee depends on the type of license but can range from $500 to $10,000, with most falling between $1,000 and $3,000.

Criteria for a Liquor License in Texas

The most important thing that the TABC looks for is a lack of criminal history, particularly felonies and crimes related to dishonest or immoral behavior. Outside of that, the applicant must be at least the legal drinking age.

Once a business has the proper TABC permit, there are regulations it must follow to avoid the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issuing a suspension or revocation. For example, they must display the license appropriately and must follow all local ordinances and restrictions for selling during allowable hours.

Let Us Help

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process or need someone to look over the application.  Contact us today to see how we can assist in your TABC license needs.