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Catch up with the latest news and guidance from TABC. You can read our news releases, marketing practices advisories, licencing and audit bulletins, industry notifications, announcements, and articles.

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Sept 13, 2021

Industry Notice for Businesses in Path of Tropical Storm Nicholas

As Tropical Storm Nicholas heads toward Texas and Louisiana, TABC urges you to heed all warnings from your public safety officials. If your business has any issues related to the storm, TABC stands ready to help. Visit TABC’s Disaster Assistance page to learn about the ways TABC can help businesses in disaster situations. Each assistance item indicates the disaster to which it applies. If you’d like to take advantage of a particular assistance item but it’s not yet available for your disaster situation, let TABC know.   For more help and information, contact a local TABC office or TABC's Austin headquarters at (512) 206-3333.

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Sept 13, 2021

Temporary Office Closures Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

The Houston Regional, Richmond and Beaumont offices are closed today and tomorrow due to heavy rain and potential flooding from Tropical Storm Nicholas.  To get in touch with our team, please visit our Contact Us page. If you have a question about the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS), email stakeholder@tabc.texas.gov.  

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Sept 7, 2021

TABC’s Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) Undergoing Maintenance

TABC’s Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) will be undergoing maintenance and unavailable Sept. 17 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. CDT.

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Sept 2, 2021

Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) Successfully Launches

More than 2,000 users successfully created accounts and have begun using TABC’s new Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS). TABC’s new online hub launched yesterday to make it easier for businesses to conduct their TABC tasks anytime and anywhere.  

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Sept 2, 2021

Important: TABC Public Inquiry Data Updates 

Data in TABC's Public Inquiry System has been updated to reflect license consolidation and new technology. Some businesses have reported discrepancies in the data and license status listed in the system. TABC is working to resolve these issues.  If there appears to be a discrepancy with a license status that may affect a wholesale/distribution or Local Distributor (LP) transaction, the business delivering the product can:  Accept from retail businesses proof of payment for their renewal and copy of their virtual summary screen from TABC's application system confirming that the retailer submitted a renewal application.  Accept from a retail business a copy of the renewed license or permit for that business (license that is not expired). Contact TABC’s Licensing division to verify the license status:  Email licensing@tabc.texas.gov  Call 512-206-3360  If the business has a September 2021 expiration date, read the note below.  September Renewal Dates  TABC adopted special processes for licenses that expire in September 2021 to help accommodate the transition to AIMS. All licenses that expire in September 2021 are considered active and pending renewal by the agency, even if the status field indicates otherwise. This means that businesses with September 2021 expiration dates may continue to operate as normal and still accept wholesale/distribution or Local Distributor (LP) transactions, despite having an expired license date or status in Public Inquiry.   Note for Local Governments and Others Verifying License Status While the TABC Public Inquiry System undergoes updates, you may use the same steps outlined above to verify a license or permit for any TABC-licensed business.   Updated Sept. 9, 2021.

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Aug 31, 2021

TABC Prepares Businesses as Agency Goes Digital Sept. 1

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is working with more than 57,000 businesses across the state to ensure they’re ready for a number of new changes taking effect Sept. 1 — including a new online system designed to make it easier than ever to do business with the agency. Starting Sept. 1, businesses in the alcoholic beverage industry can begin using TABC’s new online system — the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) — for conducting licensing tasks, making payments and completing reporting requirements. This means businesses can finally say goodbye to mailing or hand delivering their paperwork and checks to the agency and instead do everything from the convenience of a computer or mobile device 24/7. By eliminating manual processes and going online, TABC expects to significantly improve its customer service. Other major changes taking effect Sept. 1 include the consolidation of more than 75 TABC license and permit types into 37, with the goal that most businesses will need only one license or permit to conduct most of their activities. This will be accompanied by new licensing fees based in part on the new authorities afforded to the new license/permit types. These changes stem from reforms adopted by the Texas Legislature in 2019 as part of TABC’s review under the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. All state agencies are required to undergo a sunset review every 12 years to identify areas for improvement and increased efficiencies. TABC has been working with businesses and local governments for more than a year to prepare them for the Sept. 1 changes by hosting forums, sending email communications, and providing detailed information on its website about the coming changes and how they impact businesses. These resources are available on the TABC 2021 Changes webpage at tabc.texas.gov/2021. “Our goal throughout this process has been to maintain open and honest communication with the businesses we serve,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “Their feedback, starting in 2019, has been instrumental in helping us to implement these changes in a way that enhances our customer service while building a stronger alcoholic beverage industry for the Texas of tomorrow.” Over the next year, all TABC-licensed businesses will transition to AIMS based on key reporting and renewal dates. For a complete listing of all 2021 changes, including information for local governments, business owners and temporary events, visit the TABC 2021 Changes webpage at tabc.texas.gov/2021. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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Aug 31, 2021

Compliance Reporting Canceled for Fall 2021

Businesses with TABC-licensed locations in Texas must complete a self-inspection of their premises through the TABC: Compliance Reporting mobile app every fall. However, they will not have to conduct compliance reporting for 2021. TABC is currently transitioning the functions of the Compliance Reporting app into the new online Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS), which will make doing self-inspections even easier. Businesses will resume conducting their annual compliance reporting in fall 2022 through AIMS. TABC will send a notice to businesses when it’s time to resume conducting compliance reports, along with instructions on how to do this in AIMS. In lieu of mobile self-inspections this fall, businesses subject to compliance reporting might receive a visit and physical inspection from a TABC representative sometime between Sept. 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2022.

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Aug 28, 2021

Public Inquiry System Unavailable During Aug. 29 Maintenance

The TABC Public Inquiry system will be unavailable during maintenance on Sunday, Aug. 29, from 4 p.m. until midnight. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Aug 26, 2021

TABC Cancels Liquor Permit for Boom Boom Sports Bar

AUSTIN – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has permanently canceled the liquor permit of a San Antonio sports bar where three people died following a mass shooting Aug. 15. The owners of Boom Boom Sports Bar, 1621 S. New Braunfels Ave., agreed to the cancellation during a conference with TABC on Aug. 24. A permanent cancellation of the business’ liquor permit means alcohol may no longer be sold at the location, cutting off an important revenue stream and effectively shutting the business down. TABC had initially issued a 90-day emergency suspension of the bar’s license shortly after the shooting took place. A formal order canceling the bar’s liquor permit was signed by TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles on Aug. 25. “Cutting off a bar’s ability to sell alcohol is among the most serious actions TABC can take in cases like this,” Nettles said. “Our goal at TABC is to help alcohol retailers understand their role in keeping the peace and upholding the safety of their customers and staff. It’s my hope that by working together, we can reduce violence and help ensure a safe alcoholic beverage industry for all Texans.” Following the cancellation, TABC will continue to work with investigators from the San Antonio Police Department, whose criminal investigation of the shooting remains under way. Background Investigators from TABC’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) unit and the San Antonio Police Department responded to a shooting at Boom Boom Sports Bar in the early morning of Aug. 15. The shooting resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to several others. TABC’s investigation sought to determine whether the sports bar’s policies or practices played a role in the shooting. One person, 34-year-old Daniel Barragan, has been arrested by San Antonio police in connection with the shooting.   For more information, visit tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer  media@tabc.texas.gov   

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Aug 19, 2021

TABC Suspends Permit of San Antonio Night Club Following Deadly Shooting

AUSTIN – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has suspended the liquor permit of Boom Boom Sports Bar in San Antonio for 90 days following a deadly shooting which claimed the lives of three people early Aug. 15. The move comes as TABC and local police continue their investigation of the events which led to a mass shooting incident at the bar, which also left multiple people injured. So far, one person, 34-year-old Daniel Barragan, has been arrested by San Antonio police in connection with the shooting. Early reports indicate the incident began with a fight inside the bar, which later escalated to a larger fight outside the location. The brawl eventually resulted in gunfire that hit at least five people. Two victims were pronounced deceased at the scene, with a third later dying of their injuries at a hospital. Investigators from TABC’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) unit were immediately notified of the shooting and began an investigation within hours of the incident. The investigation seeks to determine whether the sports bar’s policies or practices played a role in the shooting. In the meantime, TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles used the agency’s emergency powers to suspend the bar’s liquor license for 90 days. During the suspension, no alcohol may be served or sold at the location. State law allows TABC to suspend a business’ permit for up to 90 days if it’s determined that continued operations could place public health or safety at risk. “While it’s never our goal to shut down a business, there are times when public safety must take priority,” Nettles said. “I’m confident that our investigators, along with our outstanding partners at SAPD, will soon get to the bottom of this incident so we can hold the appropriate parties responsible.” As the state’s regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC is responsible for ensuring safe operations at more than 57,000 alcoholic beverage industry businesses statewide. For more information, visit tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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