TABC certification is required for anyone who sells or serves alcohol professionally. It helps ensure that alcoholic beverages are sold to people of legal age and in safe environments.
Depending on the type of license or permit, there are different requirements. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when applying for a TABC license.
Not Completing the Prequalification Packet
It is essential to remember that breaking TABC certification regulations has serious consequences. In addition to fines, a TABC certificate violation could result in your business being shut down or your license being revoked. It may also impact your future employment opportunities.
TABC inspectors are looking for several things when they visit your establishment. These include clearly understanding the TABC rules and regulations and documentation supporting your claims.
Not Completing the Location Packet
TABC certification can help you sharpen customer service skills while learning about alcohol laws and regulations. It also helps you identify customers who may be intoxicated and provides the tools to serve them drinks safely.
Many restaurants and bars share space with another business, so it’s not uncommon for the ownership of the location to change without disrupting the business. When this happens, it is essential to report the change to TABC so that it can update its records.
You can use the On-Premise Prequalification Packet or the Business Packet to report changes. The Business Packet requires all individuals holding an ownership interest in the applicant to complete a Personal History Sheet. The On-Premise Prequalification Packet requires a statement from the owner of the property certifying that the property is located in an area legal to sell alcohol.
Not Completing the Business Packet
A Business Packet must be completed by businesses who want to obtain a license or TABC permit to sell, distribute, import, or manufacture alcohol. Depending on the unique ownership structure, this packet can be complicated and requires significant time.
It’s important to note that if you’re planning on selling multiple types of alcoholic beverages, you will need to submit more than one Business Packet. The reason is that the state enforces a three-tier system, and to hold a retail permit; you cannot have interest in a license within another tier of the industry. This is known as a tied house interest and is strictly prohibited. It’s also important to note that the timing of submitting a Business Packet can vary based on location.
Not Completing the AIMS Application
To submit excise tax reports through AIMS, businesses must be licensed. If you still need to complete your TABC license application, the process is complicated and can cause significant delays in your business operations.
AIMS is TABC’s new online hub for doing TABC tasks like product registration and excise tax reporting. You can use it on a computer or mobile device 24/7.
You should do that now if you still need to claim your business entity in AIMS. Then, you can add authorized users (such as employees, licensing services, or your attorney). You can find detailed information on using AIMS and a list of current issues on the AIMS Updates webpage. This information is updated regularly. The TABC is working to make the system better and faster.
Not Completing the L-Cert
The L-Cert is a must for businesses that sell alcohol. One small additional error can make it look like you don’t meet the 51% minimum requirement and could be denied a permit.
You should also know that you may need to pay a local fee in addition to the state fee when applying for your license. Check with your city or county to find out what these fees are.
In summary, TABC certification can protect your business from fines, legal issues, and reputation damage. Implementing TABC rules and training employees can prevent these issues before they happen, saving you money in the long run. Keep your TABC certification current, and remember that prevention is better than cure.