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Can an Individual Obtain a Liquor License?

So, you’re about to open a new bar or restaurant in the booming Dallas area? Unless you’re shooting for the world’s most wholesome restaurant, the odds are good that you’ll want to get a liquor license. After all, most Texans like to wash down a good meal or rehydrate after some dancing with a nice, cold drink.

Of course, as an up-and-coming entrepreneur, you may wonder if it’s even possible to obtain an individual liquor license in Dallas, TX.

The short answer

The quick and easy response is, “yes.” In a lot of states, liquor licenses aren’t handed out to a specific business—they’re given to the people who operate said business. In other words, it’s possible to say that every liquor license is an individual liquor license. Of course, the issue is much more complicated than this simple explanation suggests.

What type of liquor license would you like?

If you’re just hoping to sell beer and wine, you might find obtaining a liquor license much easier than pursuing a license that allows you to sell the full array of hard liquors.

Do you have a criminal background?

If you have a criminal history that includes violent crime or any kind of felony, then you most likely will not be issued an individual liquor license in Dallas, TX.

Building codes may cause an issue

If you’re specifically seeking a lease in your name, then you should pay attention to the building codes of your location. In some cases, if the name of your business appears on the building’s lease (rather than your name), then the name that appears on your liquor license will not be yours, but that of your business.

Where is the license coming from?

The vast majority of states acknowledge the personal nature of a liquor license to such an extent that they’ll allow the transfer of a license from one person to another. If a business is closing, for example, the owner may be able to transfer their license to a new business.

Cutting red tape for 50 years and counting

When you’re in the market for an individual liquor license in Dallas, TX and the surrounding area, the easiest way to secure the right documentation is to pay a visit to LaBarba Permit Service. When Joe and Billy Faye LaBarba opened the doors of LaBarba Permit Service in 1965, they had one goal in mind: to ease the regulatory burden of small business owners across the state of Texas.

Today, that proud tradition is carried on by the LaBarba sisters and their team of regulatory experts. Need a lottery, cigarette or dance hall license? Want to register with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission? Searching for health and zoning permits? We can fulfill all those needs and so many more. For half a century, we’ve built a strong reputation for customer service and exemplary work.

When you need a first-rate team of experts to cut through the red tape for your next project, visit LaBarba Permit Service. We look forward to hearing from you!

Texas Introduces Brand-New “Beer to Go” Legislation

Fans of craft beer and local breweries rejoice: as of September 1, you’ll finally be able to purchase cases of your favorite craft beer at brewery taprooms, and even order beer and wine for delivery. This is thanks to a pair of laws passed earlier this year by the Texas state legislature, which reverse some long-outdated liquor laws associated with the system of beer and liquor licenses in Texas.

There has been a big beer-to-go movement for some time in Texas. Fans of craft brewing and business owners in the craft brewing industry say it will improve business and tourism throughout the state, and give local brewers more of a chance to show off what they’re capable of doing. People who visit breweries will be able to take beer home with them to share with someone else from out of town, and word can continue to spread about what they’re making.

The Texas liquor system

There are three primary tiers to beer sales in Texas. You have the manufacturers (breweries) that make the product, the distributors who deliver it to the retailers and the retailers who sell it to customers. Under the old law, breweries were not allowed to directly sell their beer, because they were required to have a distributor.

According to craft breweries, this hampered their ability to generate sales because it added what would be, for the smaller breweries, an unnecessary cost. Beer distributors, meanwhile, were often opposed to the new beer-to-go laws, saying that it could disrupt the beer market in the state and that there should be a clear separation of the three tiers of beer sales to prevent one tier from having control over the activities of the others.

Finally, though, the brewers and distributors were able to reach an agreement to give brewers more of an ability to sell their own beers. This was in part due to all the negative publicity focused on the distributors, according to the president of the Beer Alliance of Texas.

The compromise that the two sides reached allows breweries to sell a very limited amount of beer per customer per brewery. Representatives from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild said craft beer enthusiasts from both within and outside of the state played a major role in getting the law changed, thanks to the tremendous demand for beer to go.

Considering the craft beer boom that Texas is going through, this is great news for all the small, local breweries that have popped up in the state in recent years. In a microcosm of what’s happening around the country right now, the number of craft breweries in the state has gone from 59 to 283 in the last eight years alone.

If you’re interested in learning more about liquor laws in the state of Texas and what you need to do to secure a beer and liquor license in Texas for your business, we encourage you to contact LaBarba Permit Service today. We’d be happy to answer any questions and explain how we can assist you in the process.

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