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Recent Changes to Alcohol Carryout Sales

Retail Package Store License


A retailer's license allows you to sell liquor, wine and high gravity beer at a retail package store located in a city which has authorized the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premise.

A retail license is valid for one (1) year. You can apply for this license using RLPS.

Pursuant to Public Chapter 783 of 2018, there is a moratorium on the issuance of new retail package store licenses in jurisdictions that approved package stores before April 1, 2018

  • To obtain a retail package store license in a jurisdiction that approved retail package stores before April 1, 2018, an applicant must have had filed and paid for a retail package store license application on or before April 19, 2018, or an applicant must acquire the right to purchase an existing licensee in that jurisdiction.
  • The moratorium does not apply to jurisdictions who pass referenda authorizing retail package stores after April 1, 2018.
  • The moratorium expires on July 1, 2021.


  • Applicants for a retail store must contact the city first and apply to the city for a certificate of compliance.
  • The application for a retail store must be approved by the TABC commission at a regular monthly commission meeting. Applications must be complete before being placed on the agenda.
  • A retail store must be located on the ground floor with one (1) main entrance opening on a public street with no other door or entrance for use by the public unless the store is located on the corner of two public streets. Under those circumstances, a retail store could have a door opening on each of the public streets.
  • Retail stores must be closed for business on Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, and Easter. Hours of operation for retail package stores are from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 A.M. on Sunday.
  • Retail package store managers must hold a manager's permit. 
  • Employees of a retail store must be at least eighteen (18) years old and must be certified clerks.


  • No person, firm or corporation having at least a five percent (5%) ownership interest in the establishment can have any conviction for 10 years prior to the application of a violation of the laws governing the sale or manufacture of alcoholic beverages or of any felony. No owner can have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude within 10 years prior to the time they will receive their license, unless their rights of citizenship have been restored or judgment of infamy has been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • An owner of a retail liquor store cannot be a public employee, either state, city, local or county. An owner of a retail liquor store cannot hold any type of public office, either appointed or elected, unless that owner is an uncompensated appointee to a municipal board or commission where they have no duty to vote for, overlook, or superintend the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • No owner can have any interest, either direct or indirect, in more than two retail package stores.