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TABC License and Permit Types

Here you can see the descriptions of all licenses and permits we issue.

Liquor

Allows a corporation operating a commercial airline to sell or serve alcoholic beverages while operating in or through Texas.

Allows the following permittees to transport alcoholic beverages from the place of purchase to the licensed premises:

  • Mixed Beverage (MB)
  • Private Club Registration (N)
  • Private Club Beer and Wine (NB)
  • Private Club Exemption Certificate (NE)

Allows the holder to store liquor for any Public Storage (K) permittee.

Allows the holder to store wine in a dry area for a Winery (G) permittee who holds a Public Storage Permit (K).

Allows the holder to manufacture ale and malt liquor and sell only to wholesaler permittees (W and X) in Texas or to qualified persons outside the state. If the combined production of ale and beer by the holder of a Manufacturer's License (BA) at the same premises does not exceed 225,000 barrels a year, the holder may sell ale produced on the brewer's premises under the permit to ultimate consumers on the brewer's premises. Combined sales of ale and beer to the ultimate consumer may not exceed 5,000 barrels a year.

Allows the holder of an in-state Brewer's Permit (B) and an out-of-state Nonresident Brewer's Permit (U) to sell ale produced under either permit to retailers and wholesalers allowed to sell ale in Texas, only if the annual production of ale under either permit and the annual production of beer by the holder of an in-state Manufacturer's License (BA) or out-of-state Nonresident Manufacturer's License (BS) at all premises owned by the permit holder do not exceed 125,000 barrels. 

Combined sales of ale and beer by the holder of the Brewer’s Self-Distribution Permit and/or Manufacturer’s Self-Distribution License (DB) at all premises owned by the permit holder may not exceed 40,000 barrels annually.

Allows the holder to transport liquor into and out of Texas and between points within the state.

Allows the holder to contract with or employ a driver to deliver alcoholic beverages from the premises of a retailer's permittee to the ultimate consumer located in an area where the sale of the beverage is legal.

Allows a Mixed Beverage (MB) permittee to temporarily sell mixed beverages at a place other than the premises for which the MB is issued. The premises must be in an area where the sale of mixed beverages is allowed.

Allows the sale of mixed beverages for consumption on the premises for which the permit is issued only to the holder of a Mixed Beverage Permit (MB). It is issued for a picnic, celebration or similar event, including a:

  • Political party or political association supporting a candidate for public office, proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution or other ballot measure. 
  • Charitable or civic organization.
  • Fraternal organization that’s existed for over five years with a regular membership.
  • Religious organization.

TABC issues no more than 10 temporary mixed beverage permits in each calendar year to a person who does not also hold an MB.

Allows the service of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises for which the permit is issued. It may be issued to a Private Club Registration (N), Private Club Beer and Wine (NB) or Private Club Exemption Certificate (NE) permittee for a location in the same county where the permits are located. It is issued for a picnic, celebration, or similar event sponsored by a:

  • Political party or association supporting a candidate for public office, proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution or other ballot measure.
  • Charitable or civic organization.
  • Fraternal organization that’s existed for more than five years with a regular membership.
  • Religious organization.

No more than two daily temporary private club permits may be issued in each calendar year for events sponsored by the same party, association or organization. A nonprofit may be issued one daily temporary private club permit only in each calendar year.

Allows holder to:

  • Manufacture distilled spirits.
  • Rectify, purify and refine distilled spirits.
  • Mix liquor.
  • Bottle and package their finished products.
  • Sell to wholesalers and qualified persons outside Texas.
  • Import distilled spirits from a nonresident seller for manufacturing and rectifying.

May be issued to the holder of a Retail Dealer’s On-Premise License (BE), Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit (BG), Mixed Beverage Permit(MB) and Private Club Registration Permit (N, NB, NE) if receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages by the license holder at the location are 60% or less of the total receipts. The location must have permanent food service facilities for preparation and service of multiple entrees for consumption at the location.

The holder must meet requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Code and Rule 33.5 concerning minimum number of entrees served, hours of service, etc.

Holder does not have to post a conduct surety bond.

Allows the member of the manufacturing tier who is transporting alcoholic beverages into Texas or between points within the state to temporarily hold the beverages in a regional forwarding center, under the authority of Alcoholic Beverage Code §37.01(2), §42.01(a), §62.08(a) and §63.01. The center must be in an area that allows the type of alcoholic beverages held. The holder needs city and county certifications for this authority.

Allows warehouse or transfer companies to transport liquor inside the corporate limits of any city or town. TABC can issue this permit to a Wine and Beer Retailer's (BG) permittee to make deliveries to and collections from the ultimate consumer in the same way as a Package Store (P) permittee under Alcoholic Beverage Code §22.03. It can also be issued to Package Store and Wine-Only Package Store (Q) permittees to deliver liquor to customers within the city under Code §22.03 and transport liquor within the same county between the permittee’s other licensed premises.

Allows Package Store (P) permittees to sell alcoholic beverages to Mixed Beverage (MB), Private Club Registration (N) and Private Club Exemption Certificate (NE) permittees.

Allows holder to store beer, ale or malt liquor that aren’t labeled and approved for sale in Texas and ship them to qualified persons in other states or jurisdictions where the sale is legal.

Allows a Mixed Beverage (MB) permittee in a hotel to sell alcoholic beverages from a locked container in the guest rooms.

Allows the holder to sell mixed beverages from unsealed containers and wine, beer, ale and malt liquor in containers of any legal size for consumption on the premises.

Allows a restaurant to sell mixed drinks, wine, beer, ale and malt liquor for consumption on the premises. The restaurant must be in an area that allows the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by FB holders.

An RM Permit holder is also required to hold a Food and Beverage Certificate (FB).

Allows Mixed Beverage (MB and RM) permittees to sell mixed beverages between midnight and 2 a.m. 

Allows out-of-state brewers to sell ale or malt liquor to Texas permittees qualified to import. The Nonresident Brewer must also hold a Nonresident Seller’s Permit (S). The permittee may contract with another holder of a Nonresident Brewer's Permit to provide brewing services or use the permittee's brewing facilities under an alternating brewery proprietorship.  

This permit can only be issued to the actual manufacturer of the product. 

Authorizes distillers, wineries, importers, brokers and others to solicit, take orders, ship liquor or cause liquor to be shipped to permittees allowed to import liquor into Texas. This permit can be issued to persons inside or outside of Texas. If it is issued to a person inside the state, they can’t store or transport the liquor.

Allows the holder to sell liquor, malt and vinous liquors on or from the licensed premises to the consumer for off-premise consumption. (A vinous liquor is produced by fermenting the juice of sound ripe grapes, fruits, berries or honey, and includes wine coolers. Sake is also included as a “rice wine,” according to the TTB.)

Allows the holder to conduct product tasting of distilled spirits, wine, beer and malt-based or spirit-based coolers at their licensed package store or wine-only package store during regular business hours.

Allows the holder to sell ale, malt liquor, wine and vinous liquors on or from the licensed premises at retail to consumers for off-premise consumption. Permittees whose premises are in an area allowing the sale of wine for off-premise consumption — determined by an election held under Alcoholic Beverage Code §251.19 — may purchase, sell or possess vinous liquor only and no ale or malt liquor. (A vinous liquor is produced by fermenting the juice of sound ripe grapes, fruits, berries or honey, and includes wine coolers. Sake is also included as a “rice wine,” according to the TTB.)

Allows a corporation operating a commercial passenger train to sell or serve alcoholic beverages while operating in or through Texas. 

Allows a corporation operating a commercial bus service in or through Texas to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.

Allows the following permittees to transport liquor from the place of purchase to their business:  

  • Brewer (B) 
  • Distiller and Rectifier (D) 
  • Winery (G) 
  • Wholesaler (W) 
  • Class B Wholesaler (X) 

The holder can also transport liquor from their business to the purchaser in vehicles owned or leased in good faith by the holder. A Wine and Beer Retailer's (BG) permittee that holds a Brewpub Permit (BP) and will be selling to another retailer can apply for a Private Carrier's Permit (O).

Allows a club to serve alcoholic beverages to its members and their guests. This permit is issued in compliance with Alcoholic Beverage Code §32.11 regarding fraternal and veterans organizations.

Allows a club to serve alcoholic beverages belonging to members of the club, only to its members, family and their guests only. 

Allows the holder to have activities authorized under a Private Club Permit (N) restricted to the storage and service of wine, beer and malt liquor for club members.

Allows a Private Club Registration (N), Private Club Beer and Wine (NB) and Private Club Exemption Certificate (NE) permittee to serve alcoholic beverages on the club’s premises between 1 and 2 a.m. on Sunday and between midnight and 2 a.m. on any other day.

Allows the holder to store alcoholic beverages in a private warehouse owned and/or operated by a Wholesaler’s (W), Class B Wholesaler (X) or Winery (G) permittee.

Allows the holder to promote and enhance the sale of an alcoholic beverage in Texas on behalf of a distiller, brewer, rectifier, manufacturer, winery or wine bottler with whom they have entered into a contract for the purposes of Chapter 50 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. This includes activities that take place on the premises of the holder a permit or license issued under the Alcoholic Beverage Code.

Allows the holder to store alcoholic beverages in a public bonded warehouse that holds a Bonded Warehouse Permit (J).

Allows the holder to sell and deliver wine produced or bottled by the permittee to an ultimate consumer located in wet and dry areas of Texas. Delivery must be made by the holder of a Carrier's Permit (C).

Allows the holder to purchase and import distilled spirits, malt liquor, ale and vinous liquor from Nonresident Seller’s (S), Brewer's (B), Class B Wholesaler (X) and other Wholesaler’s permittees. The holder can also sell these same products to retailers and wholesalers authorized to sell them.

Allows the holder to purchase and import malt liquor, ale and vinous liquor from Nonresident Seller’s (S), Brewer's (B), Wholesaler’s (W) and other Class B Wholesaler permittees. The holder can also sell these same products to retailers and wholesalers authorized to sell them.

Allows an excursion boat to sell and serve beer and wine up to 14 or 17% alcohol by volume for consumption on the excursion boat while operating in a wet area.

Allows holder to: 

  • Manufacture, bottle, label and package wine containing 24% alcohol by volume or less. 
  • Sell or buy wine from permittees authorized to purchase and sell wine, including wholesalers, winery and wine bottler's permittees. 
  • Sell wine to ultimate consumers for consumption on the winery premises or in unbroken packages for off-premise consumption. 
  • Dispense free wine for consumption on the winery premises. 

Allows the holder of a Winery Permit (G) to sell wine at a civic or wine festival, farmers market, celebration or similar event. The holder may not offer wine for sale for more than four consecutive days at the same location.

Allows the holder of a Winery Permit (G) whose winery is in a county (all or partly dry) to store the winery's product in a dry area of that county. 

Beer

Allows the holder of a General Distributor's License (BB) to expand their distributing business at another location in any county where the sale of beer is legal.

Allows the holder to:

  • Manufacture, brew, bottle, can, package and label malt liquor, ale and beer.
  • Sell or offer without charge malt liquor, ale or beer produced by the holder in or from a lawful container on the brewpub’s premises to ultimate consumers for consumption on or off those premises. This can be done to the extent the sales or offers are allowed under the holder's other permits or licenses.

The BP must be held with a permit or license authorizing on-premise consumption, like a Mixed Beverage Permit (MB) holder or Mixed Beverage Restaurant Permit with FB (RM). Total production can’t exceed 10,000 barrels for each licensed brewpub. License holders who also hold a Wine and Beer Retailer's Permit (BG) and sell alcoholic beverages manufactured only on the brewpub's premises may sell:

  • Malt liquor or ale produced under the license to retailers and private clubs.
  • Beer to distributors, retailers and private clubs or to qualified persons for shipment and consumption outside the state.

Allows holder to sell beer to other distributors, local distributors, private clubs and retailers in the unbroken original packages from the manufacturer or distributor so they can serve free beer for consumption on the licensed premises. The holder can also distribute and sell beer to qualified persons for shipment outside the state.

May be issued to manufacturer's or distributor's licensees only. License allows holder to import beer from outside Texas through the holder of a Nonresident Manufacturer's License (BS).

Allows the holder of an Importer’s License (BI) to import beer in vehicles owned or leased in good faith.

Allows the holder to manufacture beer and sell it to General Distributor’s (BB) and Branch Distributor’s (BC) licensees and to qualified persons outside the state. Holder can also dispense beer for on-premise consumption. Holder may enter into an alternating brewery proprietorship or contract brewing arrangement.

Allows the holder of a Manufacturer's License (BA) in Texas and Nonresident Manufacturer's License (BS) — whose combined annual production of beer and ale at the same premises does not exceed 125,000 barrels — to sell beer produced under either license to distributors, retailers, private clubs and qualified persons for shipment and consumption outside the state. Combined sales of beer and ale by the holder of a self-distribution license and/or permit at the same premises may not exceed 40,000 barrels annually.

Allows the holder to transport beer into Texas only to a holder of the Importer's License (BI). The licensee may contract with another holder of a Nonresident Manufacturer's License to provide manufacturing services or for the use of the license holder's manufacturing facilities under an alternating brewery proprietorship or contract brewing.

This license is only issued to the actual manufacturer of the beer.

Allows the holder to sell beer in a lawful container directly to the consumer. The beer can’t be sold for resale and can’t be opened or consumed on or near the premises where sold.

Allows the holder to sell beer for consumption on or off the premises where sold in a lawful container to the ultimate consumer. Holder can’t sell the beer for resale. The license requires an adequate seating area for customers.

Allows a Retail Dealer's On-Premise (BE) licensee or Wine and Beer Retailer's (BG) permittee to sell and serve wine, beer and ale between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Sunday and between midnight and 2 a.m. on any other day.

The holder may sell beer to the ultimate consumer for consumption on or off the premises where sold. A Temporary License may be issued for no longer than four days for the sale of beer at picnics, celebrations or similar events only. The license may be issued to the holder of a Retail Dealer's On-Premise License (BE) or a Wine and Beer Retailer's Permit (BG).

The holder may sell to the ultimate consumer beer, malt liquors and wine with alcohol in excess of 0.5% by volume but not more than 14 or 17% alcohol by volume (Code §251.81) for consumption on or off the premises. The permit may be issued for a period of four days or less for a picnic, celebration or similar event only. It may be issued to Wine and Beer Retailer’s (BG) permittees, Mixed Beverage (MB) permittees or a nonprofit historic preservation organization that has existed for at least 30 years. 

Allows the holder to sell to the ultimate consumer wine, beer and malt liquor with alcohol in excess of 0.5% alcohol by volume but not more than 14 or 17 % (Code §251.81) alcohol by volume for on-premise consumption. The permit may be issued to a nonprofit charitable, civic or religious organization for the temporary serving of wine and beer at a picnic, celebration or similar event sponsored by that organization.

The holder can conduct an auction where a local option election has allowed the sale of the type of alcoholic beverage to be auctioned. The permit may be issued only to an organization exempt from taxation under §501(a) of the IRS Code of 1986 by being listed under 501(c) (3) or a political action committee. It’s issued no longer than five days.

Allows the holder of a Wine and Beer Retailer's Permit (BG) who holds two or more water park permits to deliver alcoholic beverages from any premises where one of those permits has been issued to any other premises where one of those permits has been issued.

Holder can sell for consumption beer, ale, malt liquor and wine not more than 14% or 17% alcohol by volume (Code §251.81) on or off the premises where the product is sold. Products can’t be sold for resale. This permit requires adequate seating area for customers.

Holder can sell for off-premise consumption wine, beer and malt liquors containing alcohol in excess of 0.5% by volume and not more than 14% or 17% alcohol by volume (Code Section 251.81). Products can’t be sold for resale and must be in their unbroken original containers.