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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is the state agency that regulates all phases of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. The commission's duties include regulating the sale, taxation, importation, manufacturing, transport, and advertisement of alcoholic beverages. 

At TABC, we realize the great responsibility the state of Texas has placed on our agency and we are committed to providing the best possible service to the people of Texas. We pledge to: 

  • Apply the Alcoholic Beverage Code in a fair, consistent and timely manner. 
  • Exemplify courteous, ethical and professional behavior. 
  • Be fiscally responsible and accountable. 
  • Be accessible, transparent, efficient and effective. 

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TABC’s mission is to serve the people of Texas and protect public health and safety through consistent, fair and timely administration of the Alcoholic Beverage Code.


A safe and healthy Texas served by an innovative Alcoholic Beverage Commission regulating a responsible and compliant alcoholic beverage industry.

Guiding Principles

  • We empower our employees to respond effectively to challenges. 
  • We recruit, develop, retain and value a highly competent and diverse workforce that will successfully execute our mission. 
  • We strive to be a competitive employer. 
  • We expect ethical and professional behavior of ourselves. 
  • We exercise discretion in our authority when making decisions based on ethical and legal principles. 
  • We do the right thing, and not just what we have the right to do. 
  • We work together to achieve goals and solve problems. 
  • We put responsible people into business and promote good business practices through open communication. 
  • We foster voluntary compliance through education. 
  • We provide the highest level of public safety by assessing and analyzing at-risk behavior and taking action against unlawful conduct. 

TABC’s Core Values

  • Service
  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Accountability

People with Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency

TABC complies with state and federal laws related to providing access to individuals with disabilities and limited English proficiency and is committed to providing access to services, communications and participation in public meetings. Individuals should notify the agency several days before the requested services or attending a public meeting by mail, telephone at 512-206-3333 or TDD (Texas Relay) at 800-735-2989.


When the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealed Prohibition, the states took charge of regulating the alcoholic beverage industry. The Texas Legislature passed the Texas Liquor Control Act, creating the Texas Liquor Control Board in 1935. The agency was renamed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 1970, and the Liquor Control Act was updated in 1977, becoming the Alcoholic Beverage Code.