Law:Title 3. Licenses And Permits. Subtitle A. Permits from Chapter 25. Wine And Beer Retailer's Permit (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Permits

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Chapter 25. Wine And Beer Retailer's Permit

Section  25.01.  Authorized Activities.

The holder of a wine and beer retailer's permit may sell:

(1)  for consumption on or off the premises where sold, but not for resale, wine, beer, and malt liquors containing alcohol in excess of one-half of one percent by volume and not more than 17 percent by volume; and

(2)  for consumption on the premises traditional port or sherry containing alcohol in excess of one-half of one percent by volume and not more than 24 percent by volume.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 425, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 29, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 418, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section 25.02.  Fee.

(a) Except as provided in Subsection (b) and Section 25.03, the annual state fee for a wine and beer retailer's permit is $175.

(b)  The annual state fee for a wine and beer retailer's permit in connection with an establishment located in a county with a population of 1.4 million or more is $750.  The original application fee for a wine and beer retailer's permit in connection with an establishment located in a county with a population of 1.4 million or more is $1,000.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 425, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 1345, ch. 278, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 452, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  25.03.  Railway Cars And Excursion Boats: Permits, Fees.

(a) A wine and beer retailer's permit may be issued for railway dining, buffet, or club cars on the payment of an annual state fee of $30 for each car.

(b)  A wine and beer retailer's permit may be issued for a regularly scheduled excursion boat which is licensed by the United States Coast Guard to carry passengers on the navigable waters of the state and which has a tonnage of not less than 35 tons, a length of not less than 55 feet, and a passenger capacity of not less than 45 passengers. The annual state fee for the permit is $130.

(c)  Application for a permit for a railway car or an excursion boat and payment of the required fee shall be made directly to the commission.

(d)  A permit for a railway car or an excursion boat is inoperative in a dry area.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 425, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 1345, ch. 278, Sec. 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.



Section  25.04.  Issuance, Cancellation, And Suspension Of Permit.

(a) A wine and beer retailer's permit is issued by the commission or administrator. The qualification of applicants and the application for and issuance of the permit are governed by the same provisions which apply to the application for and issuance of a retail dealer's on-premise license.

(b)  The provisions of this code applicable to the cancellation and suspension of a retail dealer's on-premise license also apply to the cancellation and suspension of a wine and beer retailer's permit.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 426, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  25.05.  Hearings On Permit Application: Notice And Attendance.

(a) On receipt of an original application for a wine and beer retailer's permit, the county judge shall give notice of all hearings before him concerning the application to the commission, the sheriff, and the chief of police of the incorporated city in which, or nearest which, the premises for which the permit is sought are located.

(b)  The individual natural person applying for the permit or, if the applicant is not an individual natural person, the individual partner, officer, trustee, or receiver who will be primarily responsible for the management of the premises shall attend any hearing involving the application.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 426, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  25.051.  Masters In Certain Counties.

(a) The county judge of a county with a population of 1.3 million or more may appoint a master to hear a permit application under this chapter in the manner provided by Section 61.311 of this code for the appointment of a master to hear a license application.

(b)  A master shall give notice of a hearing before the master to each person entitled to notice of a hearing before a judge under Section 25.05 of this code.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 674, Sec. 3.04, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 669, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  25.052.  Delegation Of Duties Of County Judge.

A county judge may delegate the duty to hear a permit application under this chapter in the manner provided by Section 61.312 of this code for the delegation of the duty to hear a license application.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 137, Sec. 1, eff. May 25, 1989.



Section  25.06.  Denial Of Original Application.

(a) The county judge shall deny an original application for a wine and beer retailer's permit if he finds that the applicant, or the applicant's spouse, during the five years immediately preceding the application, was finally convicted of a felony or one of the following offenses:

(1)  prostitution;

(2)  a vagrancy offense involving moral turpitude;

(3)  bookmaking;

(4)  gambling or gaming;

(5)  an offense involving controlled substances as defined in Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code or other dangerous drugs;

(6)  a violation of this code resulting in the cancellation of a license or permit, or a fine of not less than $500;

(7)  more than three violations of this code relating to minors;

(8)  bootlegging; or

(9)  an offense involving firearms or a deadly weapon.

(b)  The county judge shall also deny an original application for a permit if he finds that five years have not elapsed since the termination of a sentence, parole, or probation served by the applicant or the applicant's spouse because of a felony conviction or conviction of any of the offenses described in Subsection (a) of this section.

(c)  The commission shall refuse to issue a renewal of a wine or beer retailer's permit if it finds:

(1)  that the applicant, or the applicant's spouse, has been convicted of a felony or one of the offenses listed in Subsection (a) of this section at any time during the five years immediately preceding the filing of the application for renewal; or

(2)  that five years have not elapsed since the termination of a sentence, parole, or probation served by the applicant, or the applicant's spouse, of a felony conviction or conviction of any of the offenses described in Subsection (a) of this section.

(d)  In this section the word "applicant" includes the individual natural person holding or applying for the permit or, if the holder or applicant is not an individual natural person, the individual partner, officer, trustee, or receiver who is primarily responsible for the management of the premises.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 426, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 14, Sec. 284(56), eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 625, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 25.09.  Possession Of Certain Beverages Prohibited.

(a) Except as provided by this section, a wine and beer retailer's permittee or an officer of the permittee may not possess distilled spirits or liquor containing alcohol in excess of 17 percent by volume on the licensed premises.

(b)  The commission by rule may allow a wine and beer retailer's permittee or the permittee's officer to possess and use alcoholic beverages in excess of 17 percent by volume on the licensed premises for cooking purposes.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 427, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 418, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 441, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  25.10.  Application Of Other Code Provisions. Sections 61.7

8, 61.81, 61.82, and 61.84 of this code also apply to a wine and beer retailer's permit. The restrictions in this code relating to beer as to the application of local restrictions, sales to minors and intoxicated persons, age of employees, and the use of blinds or barriers apply to the sale of alcoholic beverages by a wine and beer retailer's permittee.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 427, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  25.11.  Seating Area Required.

A wine and beer retailer's permittee must have an area designated on the premises for the permittee's customers to sit if they wish to consume beverages sold by the permittee on the premises.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 2211, ch. 414, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.



Section  25.12.  Premises In A Food Court.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, the premises of a wine and beer retailer's permittee who leases space in a food court includes the seating area that the permittee shares with the other lessees that occupy the food court.

(b)  For the purposes of this section, "food court" means an area in a shopping mall that includes a seating area and the locations of three or more separate but adjacent business establishments engaged primarily in the sale of food and beverages for consumption in the seating area.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 582, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 31, 1987.



Section  25.13.  Food And Beverage Certificate.

(a) A holder of a wine and beer retailer's permit may be issued a food and beverage certificate by the commission if food service is the primary business being operated on the premises by the permittee.

(b)  An applicant or holder of a food and beverage certificate shall have food service facilities for the preparation and service of multiple entrees.  The commission shall adopt rules as necessary to assure that the holder of a food and beverage certificate maintains food service as the primary business on the premises for which a food and beverage certificate has been issued.  The commission may exempt permittees who are concessionaires in public entertainment venues such as sports stadiums and convention centers from the requirement that food service be the primary business on the premises.

(c)  The fee for a food and beverage certificate shall be set at a level sufficient to recover the cost of issuing the certificate and administering this section.

(d)  A certificate issued under this section expires on the expiration of the primary wine and beer retailer's permit. A certificate may be canceled at any time if the commission finds that the holder of the certificate is not operating primarily as a food service establishment. For the purposes of this section, it shall be presumed that a permittee is not primarily operating as a food service establishment if alcohol sales are in excess of 50 percent of the gross receipts of the premises. The commission may impose a fine not to exceed $5,000 on the holder of a food and beverage certificate not operating as a food service establishment and may, upon finding that the permittee knowingly operated under a food and beverage certificate while not complying with this section, cancel the permittee's wine and beer retailer's permit.

(e)  Section 11.11 does not apply to the holder of a food and beverage certificate.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 1060, Sec. 5, eff. Aug. 28, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 853, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1045, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1384, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.


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