A business that seeks to sell alcohol or liquor in Houston, Texas must apply for and receive alcohol permits and liquor licenses from both the TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) and the City of Houston.
The first step to sell liquor or any type of alcoholic beverage is to complete the TABC Prequalification Packet. When that has been completed, Harris County, The Texas Comptroller’s Office, and the City of Houston must all approve and sign off on the application.
The City of Houston requires that all applicants for a liquor license or alcohol permit submit affidavits showing that the business meets all requirements for zoning and distances from protected properties such as churches, schools, and hospitals.
The City of Houston will require that a new Certificate of Occupancy be applied for if the existing CO does not include alcohol sales.
Harris County requires that Harris County Liquor Permit and Beer and Wine License fees be paid before a Harris County Liquor Control Permit can be issued.
The City of Houston also requires that fees be paid before a business can sell alcohol. The fees vary according to liquor license or alcohol permit type. Houston has a Liquor License Fee Schedule established according to the type of liquor permit or beer and wine license in question.
The TABC alcohol permitting process is complex and can be time consuming. The City of Houston has also established specific and unique requirements for an applicant seeking a Houston alcohol permit/license. Businesses may find that the headaches and opportunity cost involved in going through the TABC and Houston alcohol permits/license process alone make seeking a Texas Licensing and Permit assistance company a wise idea. MAXIMUS will be glad to guide you through the process.
The sale of alcohol is a highly regulated business. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission requires applicants to complete a long list of requirements and background checks before issuing a Texas alcohol license or permit.
If applicants have never had a TABC license or permit in their name or at the proposed location, they are required to complete a prequalification packet as well as a location packet and a business packet. All of the forms must be notarized and the signatures are only valid for 90 days.
The Location Packet for a Texas alcohol license or permit must include information on:
- Ownership of Property (property owners are required to complete separate packet)
- Projected sales data
- Diagrams of building and grounds
- Finance Information
- Measurements from churches, schools, residence, day care, and social service facilities
The Business Packet required by the TABC to receive a Texas alcohol permit or license must include:
- Type of ownership (type of entity that will hold license)
- Name of owner of business
- Federal Employer Identification Number
- Complete personal information on all applicants and their spouses ( to determine criminal history and possible prohibited interests)
The TABC also has a 60 day sign posting requirement at a new proposed location for a Texas Alcoholic Beverage permit or license as well as a requirement for a Publisher’s affidavit that can be satisfied by publishing a notice of application for a Texas Alcohol Permit in the local newspaper.
The TABC also requires a personal interview of alcohol permit applicants and may require a site inspection as well as approval by both city and county officials.
Clearly, the TABC process is long and complex -- which is why most businesses use a Texas Alcohol Licensing and Permit Company to guide them through the process.
If you would like to add alcoholic beverage sales to your business please call or email MAXIMUS for more information and a no cost or obligation estimate of the total cost of getting a Liquor License or Alcohol Permit in Houston, Texas. MAXIMUS assists businesses state wide with liquor licenses, alcohol permits and beer and wine permits/licenses.
If you have a business in Dallas, San Antonio, or Austin, you can find information on liquor license/alcohol permit requirements for your location by clicking on the links above.