Local Government Changes
This page will help local governments understand Sept. 1, 2021, changes to the alcoholic beverage license and permit structure, application certification, state fees, and license management technology.
Learn About Upcoming Changes
New License Structure
Because of changes adopted by the Texas Legislature, TABC must consolidate the number of licenses and permits we offer, from 75 in 2019 to 37 on Sept. 1. Learn about the new license structure, beer and ale consolidation and more on our TABC 2021 Changes page.
Current maximum fees local governments can charge for TABC licenses and permits won’t change for types that continue to exist Sept. 1.
Although state fee amounts have changed for business, most local fee amounts remain the same.
The chart below outlines fees local governments can charge under Texas law.
Exceptions — New Fees for Breweries: There are two new licenses that cannot be tied back to an existing statutory fee, the Brewer’s License (BW) and Brewer’s Self-Distribution License (SD). A 2021 Texas law states that the maximum fees for these will be 50% of the license fee that TABC establishes in rule for them.
Non-Payment of Local Fees
Step 1: Before notifying TABC of non-payment of fees:
- Check the status of the license to ensure it still has a current/active status or if it has been approved. TABC can’t take any action if the license or permit is not current/active.
- Try to collect the fees that are owed. Contact the license holder by phone, email or mail to inform them of the consequences for not paying.
- Contract with a third party to help collect unpaid fees owed to the city or county. See Alcoholic Beverage Code Sections 11.38 (b-1)(b-2) and 61.36 (b-1)(b-2).
Step 2: Notify TABC of non-payment of local fees:
- Email notice to email@example.com.
- For each business that’s delinquent on paying their local fees, email should include:
- License/permit number.
- Business’s tradename.
- Amount the business owes.
- Include up to 10 delinquent license holders per email. Send additional emails if you have more than 10. Please submit one email only for your city or county per week.
- Do not send multiple notices for a license holder. Once reported, the license holder will stay on the list until you notify TABC the liability has been paid.
- We ask that you immediately notify TABC when payment has been made.
- TABC can’t take any action against a delinquent license unless the local fee is more than 180 days past due.
Counties Only — 5% Reimbursement
TABC is required by law to remit 5% of each license fee (not permit fee) back to the county where the license was issued. See Code Section 61.35(e).
Effective Sept. 1, TABC will no longer reimburse counties for the following fees:
- Wine and Beer Retailer’s permits (BG and BQ)
- Retail Dealer’s On-Premise Late Hours License (BL) will change from having a “license” designation to a “certificate.” Certificate fees are not authorized for reimbursement.
- Importer’s License (BI) and Importer’s Carrier’s License (BJ) will be eliminated.
|Licenses That Qualify||Licenses and Permits That Do Not Qualify:|
|Brewer's License (BW)||Wine and Malt Beverage Retailer’s On-Premise Permit (BG)|
|Brewer's Self-Distribution License (SD)||Wine and Malt Beverage Off-Premise Permit (BQ)|
|General Distributor's License (BB)||Retail Dealer's On Premise Late Hours License (BL)|
|Branch Distributor's License (BC)||Importer’s License (BI)|
|(Malt Beverage) Retail Dealer's On-Premise License (BE)||Importer’s Carrier’s License (BJ)|
|(Malt Beverage) Retail Dealer's Off-Premise License (BF)|
|Brewpub License (BP)|
- TABC is not accepting (but will still process) license applications.
- Local governments can still certify applications. There are no changes in how applicants file original application certifications with local jurisdictions.
- Applicants can upload the completed certification form into AIMS when they submit their application in September.
September and Beyond:
- Local governments will continue to receive emailed or paper copies of the certification forms from applicants.
- An additional guide to assist local governments is being developed and will be available online later this year.
Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS)
AIMS is designed as a hub for TABC-licensed businesses. Local governments will not need AIMS accounts or complete work in AIMS. Local governments should continue to access information as they have, through tools, such as public inquiry, TABC license or permits issued data or other resources. You can find our most common resources for local governments here.
TABC will no longer issue catering, winery festival, or temporary licenses to two-year license holders (e.g., Mixed Beverage and Winery permittees). Businesses will file for a temporary event authorization at no cost.
Meeting for Local Government Officials
Watch the Replay
TABC hosted a meeting Aug. 10, 2021 for local government officials to explain upcoming changes.