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The State of Texas requires that any person or establishment that sells or provides alcoholic beverages, whether to take out or consume on the premises, must have a license. This includes temporary permits for special events.
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The Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission (TABC) is responsible for issuing licenses and enforcing licensing laws. TABC has a list of requirements that need to be met before a license is issued and should be the first agency to contact. You can find licensing information online.
Regional TABC office contact information is:Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission100 N Getty StreetUvalde County Court House, Box 2Uvalde, TX 78801Phone: 830-278-3415Fax: 830-591-0398
One of Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission's (TABC) requirements is that the application for a license be certified by the City Secretary of the community where the proposed business will be located. In order to do this, the City Secretary must first confirm that the property has been assigned the proper classification/designation in accordance with local laws as follows:
Congratulations, you are already ahead of the pack! All you need is to bring the Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission (TABC) application to the City Secretary who will certify the status of your property. Charge for each certification is $15.
All properties within city limits have a zoning district classification such as:
In order to change the classification, an ordinance has to be passed by the City Council. In considering zoning changes, several factors are substantially reviewed, such as:
The process takes approximately 3 months, starts with an application and ends with adoption of the ordinance. Cost for application is $150. Please contact the Planning Department for more information.
The process to designate a property as a wet zone is very similar to a zoning change except for small differences in the application and list of requirements. An ordinance also has to be passed by the City Council.
In considering a designation, several factors are substantially reviewed, such as:
The process takes about 4 months. Application cost is $150. Please contact the Office of the City Secretary for more information.
Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission (TABC) issues temporary permits in two scenarios:
Again, as part of TABC's process, the City is required to certify the application as to the proper classification or designation. Please contact TABC for more information on temporary permits.
Please note that conversion of an existing building from its original use to a store, bar or restaurant will require the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. This involves a City review of the property to determine compliance with the zoning and building safety codes. Please contact the Planning Department for more information.
You can view the Eagle Pass Code of Ordinances online. Ordinances regulating alcoholic beverages are found in Chapter 5. Zoning changes are addressed in Section 22 of Appendix A. Building regulations are addressed in the International Building Code.
For information about alcoholic beverage licenses, you can contact Imelda Rodriguez, City Secretary, or contact Vanesa Rosales-Herrera, Planning Director.