If you’re new to the hospitality industry, you’re likely reading up on all of the necessary paperwork you need to open. In your research, you’re bound to come across your need for a Texas alcohol permit. Since the sale of beer, wine, and liquor is essential to your business, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process of applying. Here are some of the basic steps to applying for a Texas alcohol permit and getting your business in order.
Determine Which Permit You Need
The first thing you should do is determine which permit is needed for your business. There are some basic questions you can ask yourself in order to figure this out. Will you be operating a bar or restaurant? The license you need will depend on where the majority of your revenue comes from? What kinds of alcohol will you be serving? Businesses that will only sell beer and wine will need a different license than establishments that intend to sell spirits in addition to beer and wine.
Start The Application
Once you know the permit you need, it is time to being the application process. While you can do this via mail with a paper form, this can make the process longer than it needs to be. It is far better to complete this application online with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Their website includes a program called AIMS that will assist you in completing the application.
Over the course of your application, you’ll need to register your business with the Texas Secretary of State’s office and the local Small Business Administration. More importantly, this process will also give you access to your permit signs. When your business opens, you’ll be required to have them on display in your establishment at all times.
As you can probably imagine, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission deals with a high volume of applications. As a result, you’ll likely experience a wait time while your application is reviewed. Depending on a number of factors, this wait can be anywhere from 60 days to 6 months. During the wait, it is important not to grow frustrated. However, a great way to avoid long wait times is to be proactive. Filing for your permit long before you plan to open is a great way to ensure that you are totally ready to go when the time comes.