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Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is made up of the guiding laws for the alcoholic beverage industry and passed by the Texas State Legislature.

After clicking the link below, choose "Alcoholic Beverage Code" in the Select Code dropdown menu.

TABC Administrative Rules

TABC’s Administrative Rules are created in an open and transparent process. Texas law gives TABC the ability to make the rules necessary to carry out the statutes adopted by lawmakers. Like other state agencies, TABC’s rules then become part of the Texas Administrative Code (Title 16, Part 3).

The Rulemaking Process

  1. Agency staff drafts a rule
  2. Staff usually holds a stakeholder meeting open to the public to gather feedback
  3. Commission votes on publishing the proposed rule for comment
  4. Proposed rule published in the Texas Register
  5. For 30 days after publication, members of the public can file written comments with the agency
  6. Staff holds a public hearing and receives oral comments
  7. Commission votes on adoption of rule
  8. Adopted rule published in Texas Register
  9. Rule becomes effective

This process is also followed for rule amendments and repeals. Throughout the process, staff may revise rules based on public feedback. A rule may repeat a step in certain instances, such as being tabled at a commission meeting to be sent to another stakeholder meeting to incorporate additional feedback.

A calendar of stakeholder meetings, commission meetings and public hearings is maintained on the TABC Agency Meetings and Events webpage. You can also sign up to receive email notifications by registering for the Industry Notifications email list through the agency's Social Media and Email Signup webpage.

Updates from the July 26 Commission Meeting

At the July 26, 2022, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission meeting, the board voted to take the following rule actions:

Proposed Rules

Rules proposed by the commission will be published in the Texas Register on the next available publication date (the second Friday after the commission meeting). Publication starts a 30-day period during which anyone may provide TABC with comments about the proposed rule. TABC may make changes to the rule proposal based on comments received. View upcoming public meetings for opportunities for public comment.

Next steps: The above rules will be discussed at an upcoming public hearing. View upcoming public meetings for opportunities for public comment.

 

Adopted Rules

The commission adopted the following rules and repeals:

Next steps: A notice of adoption will be published in the Texas Register on the next available Texas Register publication date (two Fridays after the commission meeting). The notice will include the text of any rule that has substantively changed since the publication of the proposed rule as well as a response to any formal comments received by the agency during the comment period. Unless otherwise noted above, the rule will be effective 20 days after it is submitted to the Texas Register.

Tabled Until Next Commission Meeting

Next steps: The above rules will be discussed at an upcoming stakeholder meeting. View upcoming public meetings for opportunities for public comment.

The searchable document of all TABC rules is updated with adopted rules after every commission meeting by Legal Services. The most current version is posted to the TABC public website, typically before the next commission meeting. TABC (and other agencies') administrative rules are maintained by the Secretary of State website.

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