The attorneys and staff of Martin Frost & Hill have more than 75 years of experience assisting clients involved in the manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale of alcoholic beverages in Texas in complying with the laws and regulations governing these activities. We offer the following primary services, but stand ready to assist you with any issue affected by the Texas or federal regulatory scheme:

  • Acquire original and renewal permits and licenses for clients in all levels of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas
  • Design and assist in implementing operational structures to streamline reporting required under the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the TABC’s rules
  • Design and assist in implementing compliant organizational and operational structures for foreign members of the alcoholic beverage industry entering the Texas market
  • Advise Texas wineries, distilleries, breweries and alcoholic beverage importers on permitting, labeling and compliance matters to enable them to manufacture, import and sell their products in Texas and throughout the U.S.
  • Advise alcoholic beverage importers and manufacturers on federal and Texas licensing and labeling matters
  • Assist clients in obtaining Certificates of Label Approval from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Assist clients with national permitting compliance in connection with alcoholic beverage and other permits
  • Coordinate and supervise work performed for clients by law firms and consultants in other states
  • Advise other law firms in alcoholic beverage licensing and compliance issues encountered by their clients
  • Organize and obtain permits for private clubs authorized to serve alcoholic beverages in areas of Texas where the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption is prohibited
  • Advise clients on petitioning for a local option election to change the wet/dry status of an area
  • Implement the transition from private club to retail sales operations of restaurants and other retailers located in formerly “dry” areas where the retail sale of alcoholic beverages has been authorized by local option election
  • Obtain permits for cruise ships, resorts, race tracks, amusement parks and other specialized facilities
  • Design permitting structures for stadiums, convention centers and other qualified facilities to minimize tax liability from the sale of alcoholic beverages
  • Structure retail operations at live performance venues to allow the acquisition of alcoholic beverage industry sponsors
  • Advise clients in implementing marketing strategies compliant with the requirements of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the TABC’s rules, including “tied house” compliance
  • Assist in the transition of alcoholic beverage operations in the sale of businesses, either through proper notification to the TABC and TTB or through the implementation of interim operations pending the acquisition of new permits, as required by the structure of the sale
  • Assist clients in compliance with TABC and TTB reporting requirements related to changes in ownership and/or management personnel
  • Design and assist in implementing seller/server training programs to minimize “dram shop” liability
  • Conduct in house seminars for clients to insure that pertinent personnel have a broad based, practical understanding of how to comply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the TABC’s rules and the importance of compliance
  • Defend clients against alleged violations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code or the TABC’s rules
  • Represent clients in audits conducted by the TABC
  • Advise clients seeking changes in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code or the rules of the TABC
  • Advise lenders in obtaining effective liens on alcoholic beverage inventory pledged as collateral
  • Assist clients in obtaining and maintaining state and local permits such as:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Sales and Use Tax Permits

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Tobacco Products Retailer Permits

Texas Lottery Commission Lottery Retailer Licenses

Texas Department of Agriculture Nursery & Floral Licenses

Texas Department of Agriculture Organic Certification

Texas Department of Agriculture Weights & Measures Licenses

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Boiler, Elevator & Escalator Registration

Texas Department of State Health Services Food Manufacturer Permits, Food

Wholesaler Permits, and related permits

Texas Department of State Health Services WIC Vendor Contracts

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services Retailer Authorization

Texas State Board of Pharmacy Licenses

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs Registration

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Vendor Drug Program Enrollment

Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substances Registration

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Petroleum Storage Tank Registration

Railroad Commission of Texas Portable LP Gas Cylinder Exchange Permits

Local Government Certificates of Occupancy

Local Government Specific Use Permits

Local Government Health Certificates

Local Government Sidewalk Cafe Permits

Local Government Security Alarm Registration