There are many reasons why you might need to apply for a temporary liquor license. And though it might surprise you, many of these reasons even require a liquor license for a single day. Some of the scenarios that require this are more obvious than others. For example, how about all those craft brewery stands at local weekend festivals? To participate in events like these, the vendors need a license to be able to sell their products on-site.
There are also festivals where liquor vendors are welcome as well, especially local distilleries. That said, there are other countless occasions when a liquor-serving business might need to consider a one-day liquor license (often in addition to a temporary beer and wine license). Summer weddings, anyone?
What events require a One Day Liquor License?
Weddings are magical nights that last forever in the memory of the couple and their guests. For many, wedding receptions are the single most important meal they live together. It’s also the most stressful. This being the case for most couples, arguably one of the most important elements in keeping everyone “together” is the bar serving liquor and cocktails. This party feature always goes appreciated and, if you’re asked to bring the bar to the event, you’re going to need a license to go along with.
In fact, any large event or party where there will be alcohol provided and purchased in some way is very likely going to require a liquor license. This might be a milestone birthday party, a corporate event, or anything in between. It’s important to take into account that permits are specific to location, too. This means that if you have a bar or distillery with a permit to sell your product on your property, this permit does not apply to private or public events that take place somewhere else, even if it’s the same exact product.
How do I get a one day liquor license?
The first thing to keep in mind is that the process is best done with some time to spare. Begin your application process at least 10 days prior to the event. Applying 7-9 days prior to the event comes with an expedited processing fee of $300. Applying 4-6 days before the event will cost you $500. Applying 1-3 days beforehand will run you a steep $900 that will definitely sting a little to shell out, especially if it’s the product of your own procrastination. This goes for any temporary license application.
You can take a look at the list of temporary permits the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has to offer, too. It’s likely that the license you’ll be needing is the Daily Temporary Mixed Beverage Permit – TB, which allows you to sell mixed beverages and distilled spirits, otherwise known as spirits.
All the applications can be found on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s website. The specific event might warrant some extra documentation along with the application, such as a letter from the property owner. The application itself needs to be submitted either in person or via email and should be submitted to your local office. The different office contacts are detailed by region on the application instructions document.
Your ultimate best resource for all of these processes is going to be your local TABC office. They will be able to guide you through the entire process and help answer any questions you might have. This way, you can make sure you don’t overlook any important details in the process, or overlook a specific license you might need. Visit the TABC website for more information.
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