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Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (formerly the Texas Liquor Control Board) was created in 1935.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is the state agency that regulates all phases of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. The duties of the commission include regulating sales, taxation, importation, manufacturing, transporting, and advertising of alcoholic beverages.

The Agency's mission is to promote public safety and serve the people of Texas through consistent, fair and timely administration of the Alcoholic Beverage Code while fostering education, voluntary compliance and legal, responsible alcohol consumption.

TABC agents and auditors work with retailers to improve public safety for all communities. TABC would much rather assist a retailer by providing education prior to a violation than making education mandatory after the fact. There are several education programs and operations available to retailers on a voluntary basis. Don’t wait until a violation has occurred, contact TABC today to schedule training for retail management and other employees.

Education and Prevention

Underage alcohol consumption has been a primary focus of the agency for many years and will continue to garner great attention and effort by the TABC. The number of higher education facilities and students in the state will require additional attention by the agency to address the problem of college and binge drinking issues involving young people who are under and over 21.

TABC will continue to communicate and reach out to communities to facilitate the needs of parents, youth, retailers, and other law enforcement agencies to address the problems of binge drinking, underage alcohol consumption, irresponsible service, and irresponsible consumption.

To assist the agency in meeting these goals, the Education and Prevention section was created in 2005. The section is home to several core areas that assist in the development and implementation of the agencies education programs, including Grants. Grants manages the funding awarded to Texas through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws block grant (EUDL), funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). If you have any questions regarding grant funding please contact (512) 206-3420 or grants@tabc.texas.gov.

The section has created several education programs regarding underage drinking prevention and has programs that focus on retailer compliance, youth education, parent and community involvement, and the transition from high school to college. If you would like further information about these programs please contact (512) 206-3420 or education@tabc.texas.gov.

The agency also has an education program for sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages. The Seller Training section oversees and regulates third party businesses that provide training on the sale and service of alcoholic beverages. For information about seller/server training please contact (512) 206-3420 or seller.training@tabc.texas.gov.

Complaints Against the Provision of Services Provided by the TABC

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Complaints alleging discrimination by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission or an employee of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on the provision of services can be filed through the TABC Complaint Handling Process.