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Alcoholic Beverage Commission bond cost

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission requires certain professionals to post surety bonds before being able to legally work within the state. These bonds include:

  • conduct surety bonds
  • fee interest surety bonds for contract/alternating resident and non-resident brewers and manufacturers
  • liquor tax surety bonds
  • tax bonds
  • performance surety bonds

The price you’ll pay for your TABC surety bond varies based on your required bond amount and a review of your personal credit report.

Conduct Bonds

Texas conduct bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (permit holders) conduct business in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. If the principal fails to conduct business lawfully, the bond protects the state from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

All retailers who do not hold a Food and Beverage Certificate must be bonded.The following types of permit holders must post $5,000 or $10,000 TABC conduct bonds:

  • mixed beverage permit
  • private club registration permit
  • private club for beer and wine permit
  • private club exemption certificate permit
  • wine and beer retailer’s permit – excursion boat
  • wine and beer retailer’s permit – railway car
  • wine and beer retailer’s permit
  • beer retailer’s on premise license

The $5,000 bond amount is required if the business location is located more than 1,000 feet from a public school. If the location is within 1,000 feet of a public school, the required bond amount is $10,000.

The following types of permit holders must post $10,000 TABC bonds only if the business is located within 1,000 feet of a public school:

  • package store permit
  • wine only package store permit
  • wine and beer retailer’s off premise permit

Conduct bonds in Texas become effective on the date of issuance of the permit or license issued by the TABC and remain in full force and effect until canceled or until the permit/license and renewals of the permit/license expire.

The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the TABC. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the notice is received.

Bond Form Link:

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Conduct Surety Bond form (Word doc download)
Fee Interest Bonds for Contract/Alternating Resident and Non-Resident Brewers and Manufacturers

Texas fee interest bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (permit holders) conduct business in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. If the principal fails to conduct business lawfully, the bond protects the state from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

Holders of the following permit types who do not own a fee interest (ownership) in a brewery facility must post $30,000 TABC fee interest surety bonds:

  • brewer’s permit (B)
  • nonresident brewer’s permit (U)
  • manufacturer’s license (BA)
  • nonresident manufacturer’s license (BS)

Fee interest bonds in Texas become effective on the date of issuance of the permit or license issued by the TABC and remain in full force and effect until canceled or until the permit/license and renewals of the permit/license expire.

The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the TABC. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the notice is received.

The best way to find out exactly how much you’ll pay for your surety bond is to apply for your free bond quote now! We can typically provide your complimentary bond quote within 1 business day of submitting your application.

Bond Form Link:
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Fee Interest Bond for Contract/Alternating Resident and Non-Resident Brewers and Manufacturers form
  • Liquor Tax Bonds

Texas liquor tax bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (permit holders) account for and pay all permit fees, service fees, taxes and penalties required by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. If the principal fails to conduct business lawfully, the bond protects the state from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

The required amount of a TABC liquor tax bond is determined by an estimate of 6 weeks sales by gallons for liquor and gallons and class for wine and size of ale, with a minimum of $1,000.

The following types of permit holders must post TABC liquor tax bonds:

  • brewer’s permit
  • wholesaler’s permit
  • general class B wholesaler’s permit
  • wine bottler’s permit
  • winery permit
  • out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit

The TABC can review and increase the required bond amount at any time.

Liquor tax bonds in Texas become effective on the date of issuance of the permit or license issued by the TABC and remain in full force and effect until canceled or until the permit/license and renewals of the permit/license expire.

The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the TABC. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the notice is received.Connect with our team of surety bond experts who will set you up with the Texas surety bond you need!

Bond Form Link:
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Liquor Tax Bond form (Word doc download)
  • Tax Bonds

Texas tax bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (permit holders) conduct business in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. By posting this bond, principals agree to account for and pay all taxes, penalties and interest that becomes due to the state. If the principal fails to conduct business lawfully, the bond protects the state from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

The required amount of a TABC tax bond is determined by the maximum amount of beer sold in a 30-day period, with a minimum of $500. Applicants must submit a statement estimating the maximum amount of beer to be sold in a 30-day period.

The following types of permit holders must post TABC tax bonds:

  • brewpub license
  • branch distributor’s license
  • general distributor’s license
  • local distributor’s license
  • manufacturer’s license
  • non-resident manufacturer’s license

Non-resident manufacturers must be bonded only if an applicant delivers to Texas in his or her vehicle. The required bond amount for this license is $10,000.

The TABC can review and increase the required bond amount at any time.Tax bonds in Texas become effective on the date of issuance of the permit or license issued by the TABC and remain in full force and effect until canceled or until the permit/license and renewals of the permit/license expire.

The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the TABC. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the notice is received.

Performance Bonds

Texas performance bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (permit holders) conduct business in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. If the principal fails to conduct business lawfully, the bond protects the state from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

The following types of permit holders must post performance surety bonds only if they’re located in Dallas, Tarrant or Harris Counties and do not hold a Food and Beverage Certificate:

  • wine and beer retailer’s permit
  • beer retailer’s on premise license

An initial performance bond in the amount of $2,000 is required. If the first bond is forfeited to the commission, the license/permit holder must post a $4,000 bond before a license/permit can be reinstated. If the second bond is forfeited, a $6,000 bond is required.

Performance bonds in Texas become effective on the date of issuance of the permit or license issued by the TABC and remain in full force and effect until canceled or until the permit/license and renewals of the permit/license expire.

The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the TABC. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the notice is received.

Bond Form Link:
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Performance Bond form

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