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Renewing a TABC Permit in Texas

Recently, we had a frustrated client come to us after he had to go in four times just to try and get his permit renewed by the TABC! We’ve been hearing lots of red tape horror stories like this, so we thought it would be good to give an overview of the renewal process.

First, a reminder that different types of permits have to be renewed at varying intervals of time. Many are every two years, but be sure to check the specifics on the TABC website.

Generally speaking, you’ll need the following items:

  • Trade Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Location Address
  • License Number (e.g. BQ 123456)
  • Costs of Permits/Fees
  • Application being filed
  • Contact Information
  • Signature, notarized

Also, restaurants will need to provide sales numbers of alcohol and food in order for the TABC to assess compliance with the conditions of the liquor license.

Interestingly, the TABC used to provide nearly all of the above information to permit holders who were up for renewal. As of about a month ago, however, it seems that there’s been a policy change and the burden now rests with the customer.

Confused? Frustrated? Ready to never deal with the TABC again?

That’s where LaBarba comes in! We’re experts at jumping through hoops – and getting it right the first time. Call us today and see what we can do for you!

Public Health: Alcohol and Memory

Although alcohol is famous for its ability to make people forget what happened Friday night, a new study showed drinking might actually improve at least one aspect of memory. Specifically, the research showed that drinking helps encode memories, meaning that if you drink right after learning something new, you’ll retain the information better.

Using a combination of word-based and image-based exercises, the scientists tested a group of participants before, during, and after drinking, and compared them to a group of individuals who stayed sober for the duration. Turns out the drinkers did better to a statistically significant level in recall of the word-based exercise the following morning. However, there was no significant difference between the drinking group and the sober group with regard to the image-based exercise.


The results aren’t totally conclusive because of the limitations created by the design of the study (i.e. participants self-reporting, drinking in home without monitoring). Still, the researchers believe the study suggests that drinking alcohol may block new memories from forming, which gives the brain time to encode recent learning.

All this to say, your slacker freshman year roommate might actually have been onto something. We can’t believe it either.

Fancy helping people learn new things? Well, it looks like you’ll need a Texas liquor license, so give our great team of licensing consultants a call today!


Common Pitfalls You May Encounter When Applying for an Alcohol Permit in Dallas, TX on Your Own

In the Lone Star State, all sales of liquor and other alcoholic beverages are regulated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission. This means that a heavy regulatory framework encapsulates the core business of most restaurateurs and bar owners.

In order to stay on the right side of the law, business owners in Texas must comply with an increasingly complex series of permits and regulations. Permitting services can make the process of obtaining an alcohol permit in Dallas, TX substantially easier, however!

For those who are applying for a liquor license without the guidance and help afforded by hiring a qualified permitting service, here are some of the risks that business owners may face:

  • Filing to the wrong law enforcement agency: Most businesses will file their permits with the local sheriff’s department. In some cases and jurisdictions, however, liquor licenses may be handled by different law enforcement agencies. Using a permitting service to obtain your alcohol permit in Dallas, TX can help you ensure that you are requesting permission from the proper law enforcement team.
  • Using an ineligible applicant: The State of Texas has stringent requirements on people who are eligible to obtain liquor licenses. Felony convictions within the past five years will disqualify your application, as will liquor law violations that have occurred in the past two years. It is important to ensure that you are eligible to obtain a license prior to beginning the application process.
  • Incorrectly filling out paperwork: The paperwork surrounding alcohol permit applications is notoriously complicated. Misrepresenting even the most innocuous-seeming information on an application can disqualify your business from receiving a license. In order to make sure that you are filling everything out correctly, it is almost essential that you retain the services of a qualified permitting service.
  • Slowing or ceasing operations: If there is a mistake present on your application for an alcohol permit in Dallas, TX, you could be forced to delay or cease the operations of your establishment. This could jeopardize any plans for a grand opening that you may have been preparing for, and has the potential to cost you a substantial amount of revenue.
  • Getting the wrong permit: With more than 20 different types of liquor licenses available in the state of Texas, it can be extremely complicated to determine which one best meets the needs of your business. If you accidentally file for and obtain the wrong permit, you could be selling liquor illegally.
  • Illegal operations: Applying for a liquor license independently of a permitting service can open up your business to a substantial amount of legal liability. In order to avoid the possibility of stiff fines or even personal legal trouble, it is recommended that you hire a qualified permitting service to assist you with the application process.

Since 1965, LaBarba Permit Service has been the premier source for help with obtaining an alcohol permit in Dallas, TX. Our knowledgeable team of professionals can protect your business from the possibility of delayed or denied permits, and help you to continue operating within the parameters of the law. Call us today to learn more about how we can address all your state permitting needs!

Bootleg Liquor Can Ruin Your Vacation

Thanks to the recent investigative efforts of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the public has again been reminded of the potential risks of drinking alcohol in a foreign country. In this case, specifically, the danger of inadvertently consuming bootleg liquor in Mexico.


After chronicling the tragic case of a young woman and her brother inexplicably found floating unconscious in a pool at a luxury resort, other people began writing to the publication sharing similar stories. These unfortunate vacationers reported getting sick and blacking out, despite consuming low amounts of alcohol (often just two drinks). After being taken suddenly ill, people also reported being victims of crimes such as robbery and sexual assault, and subsequently held financially hostage when they tried to obtain medical care.

Experts have said such accounts suggest the possibility that these individuals were drugged. Bootleg liquor could also have played a role. Mexico has significant problems with adulterated alcohol – a 2017 report indicated that 36% of alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, although this is down from 43% in 2015. Counterfeiters often refill empty authentic bottles with cheaper but more dangerous adulterated substitutes, driven by the high taxes on spirits in Mexico and the expense of production.

via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Closer to home, the TABC also has a vested interest in the issue, given that bootleg liquor sometimes crosses the border. More than 1,000 containers of illegal alcohol have been confiscated by the TABC so far this year.

In response to the investigation and the outpouring of stories, the U.S. State Department has updated its warnings regarding Mexico to include mention of tainted alcohol. Mexico’s health commission has also promised to introduce new measures to tackle the problem.

So while the TABC definitely has its flaws, let’s all take a minute to thank the agency for being our first line of defense against bad booze. And abroad or at home, remember to drink responsibly!

SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; KFOX.

How Do I Get a Liquor License in Texas?

For many business owners and restaurateurs, obtaining the ability to sell or serve alcohol can be a make-or-break moment. Getting permission from the state to sell a controlled substance, however, can be an occasionally challenging task. Thankfully, obtaining a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX can be easier if you procure assistance from a qualified permit service.

Applicant requirements

Selling liquor with an improper or out-of-date permit can result in serious legal issues. Don’t get caught with the wrong kind of liquor license in Dallas, TX! Here are the qualifications that applicants must meet to begin filing for a state alcohol permit:

  • Be of age: Since you have to be at least 21 years of age to consume liquor, you also must be at least 21 years of age to sell or serve it!
  • No felonies: It is impossible to get a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX if you have been convicted of any felonies in the past five years.
  • No violations: Similarly, if you have been found to have violated state alcohol laws in the past two years, you are not eligible to receive a liquor license.
  • The common good: Any moral turpitude violations of liquor laws in the past six months will eliminate your chances of receiving a license. Acts of moral turpitude are defined as conduct that is against the common morals of the community.

The process of filing

Filing for a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX is an extremely delicate and complex process. It is essential that the permit filer understands all the requirements necessary to successfully complete their application:

  • Know where to file: In most cases, business owners will file at their local sheriff’s department in order to obtain a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX. Permitting services can identify the nearest branch or help you determine which law enforcement agency holds jurisdiction over your business.
  • File for the correct permit: There are more than 20 different types of liquor licenses that can be obtained in Texas. This means that it is essential for business owners to know exactly what type of permit they will need for their space and their application—filing for an obtaining the wrong permit will leave them in violation of state liquor laws.
  • Fill out your forms: This can be one of the most challenging aspects of obtaining a Texas liquor license. Incorrectly filling out any aspect of your forms can result in delays or denial of your application. Contracting the help of a qualified professional is highly recommended.
  • Interview appearance: After your forms have been filled out correctly and processed, you will be expected to appear for an interview before your license is issued. A permitting service can help you through this challenging process and ensure that your license is obtained without error.

LaBarba Permit Service has been helping businesses navigate state codes and regulations since 1965. If you are in need of a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX, reach out to one of our knowledgeable experts today to learn how we can assist you in procuring all the necessary permits that you need to successfully operate your business.

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