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License Changes

Use this page to learn about the major legislative changes TABC implemented to license types and fees on Sept. 1, 2021.

Note: We’ve posted the two-year license and permit fees adopted by TABC at the Aug. 3 Commission Meeting. The document below also includes the daily nonprofit temporary event fee.

View Sept. 1 Licensing Fees.


What Happens Sept. 1 and What You Need To Do

License and Permit Types

The 86th Texas Legislature in 2019 directed TABC to cut 75 licenses down to 37 by Sept. 1, 2021. Starting Sept. 1, most businesses need only one TABC license to operate. All TABC-licensed businesses now operate under this new license and permit structure in the Alcoholic Beverage Code

To determine the impact on your business, we’ve created a chart showing how certain licenses have been consolidated into the new license structure.

See TABC Sept. 1, 2021 License Consolidation Explained chart.

For most businesses, the new structure means their licenses will have a different name, additional authorities will be included in the license, or there won’t be any changes. These businesses should keep in mind the following things:

  • Be aware of the changes in the License Consolidation Explained chart.
  • You won’t need to take any action other than accessing AIMS based on your scheduled onboarding date shown in the Technology Changes page.
  • TABC will not print or send a new license to you, but you must print your new license once you access AIMS.

Authorizations for certain license and permit types — like Nonresident Seller’s Permit (S) with a Nonresident Brewer’s Permit (U), Wholesaler’s Permit (W), or General Class B Wholesaler’s Permit (X) — changed on Sept. 1 due to consolidation of beer and ale to malt beverages.

  • However, even if your license type lost its ale authorization on Sept. 1, you may continue to purchase, sell, transport or store ale and malt liquor under that license until its expiration date.
  • After the license expires, you’ll need to apply for another license to continue activities involving beverages that were classified as ale before Sept. 1 if you don’t already hold the correct license type. For example, if you hold a Wholesaler’s Permit (W) and already hold a General Distributor’s License (BB), you may distribute all malt beverages under the BB.


Why They Are Changing

By law, TABC must establish a single state fee for each license in our TABC Rules.

This change ends the patchwork of fees and surcharges and allow most businesses to focus on a single fee. The new fee structure ensures that TABC can enforce the law equally among businesses.

View the New Fees

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission adopted new two-year fees at the Aug. 3 Commission Meeting.

View the new fees, which took effect Sept. 1, 2021.

We've also created a chart to help explain license consolidation and the new fees for each license, permit and certificate.

View the Sept. 1, 2021 license and permit fee explained chart.

Note for Cities and Counties

The two-year fees linked above are only what businesses pay to TABC and should not be used to determine city and county fees at this time.

Very little will change for local fees. TABC’s new fees set in rule are generally not relevant because the law states that local fees must be based on statutory fees in effect Aug. 31, 2021. Only the newly consolidated Brewer’s License and Brewer’s Self-Distribution License will have new local fees based on those set in rule.

Visit the Local Government Changes page to view the list of maximum local fees.