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Common Reasons Restaurants Lose Their Texas Liquor Licenses in Dallas, TX

Just as you can earn a liquor license for your restaurant, you can just as easily have it revoked if you fail to abide by the rules associated with maintaining that license. There are a number of mistakes or missteps you can make that could lead to the TABC penalizing you by taking away your liquor license.

Here are just a few examples of some of those mistakes that can lead to the loss of a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX:

  • Serving alcohol to minors: There’s a simple way of avoiding this issue: just make sure you’re checking for IDs on all of your customers so you can be sure you’re not serving anyone underage. And when you do check identification, make sure you actually take the time to do it properly. If you have any reason to believe a customer is less than 21 years old, you must check their ID, and you should take the necessary training to be able to identify fake IDs as well.
  • Overserving intoxicated customers: Just because a customer keeps asking for more drinks does not mean you have to keep serving them. In fact, you are legally expected to stop service if the customer is getting too intoxicated. Keep in mind that there’s a chance you could be legally liable for the actions of any intoxicated patron after they leave your establishment. Therefore, know the signs of intoxication and know when to cut someone off.
  • Being drunk on the job: It is illegal for your employees to be intoxicated while on the premises. It’s dangerous and highly unprofessional. If you’re going to be responsible for serving alcohol to others (and cutting them off when they’ve had enough), you need to have your wits about you.
  • Selling during illegal hours: Every state and some local municipalities set their own rules regarding when alcohol can be sold. If you sell alcohol outside of the legally allowed hours, you run the risk of losing your liquor license.
  • Poor recordkeeping: You must keep copies of all of your alcohol-related invoices, as well as copies of your liquor license. This recordkeeping is crucial for your business, because if any TABC agent decides to pay your business a visit, they’re going to want to see your license and those invoices as part of their inspection. An inability to comply will, at the very least, look very poor on your part, but could result in you losing your liquor license altogether.
  • Not purchasing alcohol from a legal distributor: It’s important to be aware of all the alcohol distribution laws in Texas, as those laws are not necessarily the same from state to state. Texas has a three-tier system made up of retailers, distributors and manufacturers. You are only allowed to purchase alcohol from distributors as a retailer—you are not allowed to purchase directly from a manufacturer, or from another retailer. You can’t just go and pick up some beer at a grocery store if you run out of that specific brand during a shift—that’s illegal and could jeopardize your liquor license.

These are just a few examples of some of the most common mistakes made by restaurants and retail businesses that could lead to the loss of a Texas liquor license in Dallas, TX. For more information, contact LaBarba Permit Service today with any questions.

Common Questions About Temporary Permits

Under the rules of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), businesses or individuals can obtain temporary permits to sell and serve alcohol in two scenarios:

  • Holders of TABC retail permits can obtain a temporary permit to sell or serve alcoholic beverages at any event that is to take place at a different location or venue than their own TABC-licensed premises
  • Certain religious, civic and charitable organizations can obtain temporary permits to sell or serve alcoholic beverages at special events that are not located on TABC-licensed premises (think of a church festival, for example)

However, individuals may not obtain a temporary permit for selling alcohol if they do not have a TABC retailer permit and do not represent any such organization described above.

With all this in mind, here are a few examples of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about temporary TABC liquor licenses in Dallas, TX.

Q: What do I need to do to submit my application?

You can visit the website of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and obtain an application packet for a temporary license or permit. The packet contains all the information you need to submit your application properly.

Q: When and where should I apply for my permit?

You should submit your application at least 10 business days in advance of the event for which you need the permit, just to be on the safe side and avoid any delays associated with processing. You can submit your application in person at your local TABC office—again, the TABC website has a feature that will allow you to find the office closest to you for your convenience.

Q: How do I know which permit to apply for?

The TABC website has a full list of the various types of temporary permits it issues, and that list includes information such as who is eligible for application for those permits and how they are outlined in the Alcoholic Beverage Code.

Q: Can I distribute alcohol for free without a permit?

You are able to offer complimentary alcoholic beverages without a permit. However, those beverages must be available for any adult who requests a beverage. If the beverages are only available for paying customers, then in the eyes of the law the cost of the beverage is included in the price of whatever service is being rendered, which is the same in essence as a sale of alcoholic beverages. Therefore, there cannot be any expectation of receiving money in any way if you are to give out alcoholic beverages—you cannot even ask for tips or donations. Some examples include small shops that serve wine or champagne to people while they shop, and even wedding receptions.

Q: Can I sell alcohol at a fundraiser?

Yes, but you will need to get the proper permit to do so, and the fundraiser will need to meet certain qualifications based on the venue and the organization putting on the event.

For more information about getting a temporary TABC liquor license in Dallas, TX, contact LaBarba Permit Service today.

How to Obtain a Business Alcohol License in Dallas, TX

If you either have a business or are about to start a new one and wish to obtain a business alcohol license in Dallas, TX, it’s important you know about the processes you must go through to get such a license and the various types of alcoholic beverage licenses that are available to you. Texas, like every state in the nation, has its own laws regarding the sales of beer, wine and liquor, and it’s important to make sure you apply for the correct alcoholic beverage license for your particular needs to be able to legally sell those beverages.

Here’s just a little bit of information about selecting an alcoholic beverage license and getting through the process of applying for a business alcohol license in Dallas, TX.

Choose the right license

Every state has its own alcoholic beverage control agency or office that is in charge of managing all licensing, distribution and production of alcohol in the state. For Texas it’s the TABC. Nationwide, these processes are controlled by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Exactly what you need to do with regard to your liquor license will depend primarily on your state’s rules, so it’s important you are familiar with all the local alcohol laws in your area as a business owner.

Some examples of the most common types of alcoholic beverage licenses include the following:

  • Manufacturer: A company that performs the actual manufacturing of wine, beer or spirits.
  • Wholesaler: A company that sells these alcoholic beverages to other TABC-licensed businesses for them to resell.
  • Off-premises retailers: Retailers that sell alcoholic beverages for drinking off the premises, such as grocery stores or liquor stores.
  • On-premise retailers: Retailers that sell alcoholic beverages and allow people to drink them on their premises. These include restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, concert halls and other types of event venues.

In Texas, as in some other states, the lines can get blurred a bit with regard to certain breweries and distilleries that want to be able to sell and serve their own alcohol on site. Long-established rules regarding distributors and wholesalers can make it difficult for, say, a craft brewery to open up its own tap room on its premises, because they are required to use distributors to a certain degree. This is not a problem in many other states around the country, because these so-called “middleman rules” don’t exist.

With all these factors to consider, it can be a little difficult to know exactly which type of liquor license you should get for your business, especially if you have to deal with any of those blurred lines. In some cases, it’s easy—traditional liquor stores will always get the same kind of license—but the rules always get a bit more complex when you combine manufacturing and serving or selling.

To learn more about the steps you need to go through to obtain a business alcohol license in Dallas, TX, we encourage you to contact LaBarba Permit Service with any questions. We’ll be happy to help!

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