Public Safety and Enforcement FAQs
This FAQ covers commonly asked questions about TABC’s public safety and enforcement efforts.
Note: This FAQs page has not yet been updated to reflect new laws, license and permit structure, fees, and technology that took effect Sept. 1, 2021. To learn more, visit the TABC 2021 Changes page.
TABC agents are commissioned peace officers with statewide jurisdiction to enforce all provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, which regulates every phase of business in the alcoholic beverage industry. As commissioned peace officers, they enforce all state laws.
Agents primarily focus on violations that impact public safety. These public safety issues are human trafficking, intoxication-related violations, age-related violations, breaches of the peace, prohibited hours violations and drug offenses.
A breach of the peace is a disturbance on a TABC-licensed premises, or when law enforcement or emergency medical services workers respond to a licensed premises. Learn more on the Breaches of Peace page.
Permit and license holders must report a breach of peace on their licensed premises as soon as possible, but no later than five days after the incident. A shooting, stabbing, murder or incident involving seriously bodily injury should be reported no later than 24 hours from the time of the incident.
A breach of the peace may be reported online, by email, through the TABC:Mobile app or in person. Learn more on the Breaches of Peace page.
TABC uses a risk-based strategy for conducting compliance checks of licensed premises. Enforcement activities are focused on locations that have complaints against the business or previous public safety violations. The agents will be able to explain the purpose of their visit.
Public safety violations involve:
- Human trafficking
- Intoxication issues
- Underage drinking
- Alcohol sales and consumption during prohibited hours
- Breaches of the peace
- Drug-related issues
TABC investigates allegations of Alcoholic Beverage Code violations and other laws relating to alcoholic beverages. Our agents conduct a complaint investigation in response to violation allegations.
See Alcoholic Beverage Code sections 5.53 and 5.54.
It’s a violation of the Alcoholic Beverage Code or rules adopted under the Code. An administrative notice is issued to a permit holder for an administrative violation.
If you received an administrative notice, you don’t need to immediately contact TABC. A TABC representative will contact you and let you know how to respond to the notice.
An administrative notice is issued against the permit for a violation of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. The violation is noted on the administrative notice under the description section.
A criminal citation is issued to an individual person. An administrative notice is issued against a permit or license. Both a criminal citation and administrative notice can be the result of a violation of the Alcoholic Beverage Code.
TABC has an Office of Inspector General to handle allegations of employee misconduct. Visit the File a TABC Employee Complaint page to learn more.