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Laws, Rules and Regulations

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is comprised of statutes created or amended by the Texas State Legislature which meets for 140 days during odd-numbered years.

Administrative Rules are adopted by state agencies, after the public is provided notice and the opportunity for comment. Section 5.31 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code gives TABC the authority to "prescribe and publish rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this code." Title 16, Part 3 of the Texas Administrative Code is specifically related to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Proposed and adopted rules are posted on this website as well as in the Texas Register published on the Secretary of State's website.

The official, up-to-date version of the Commission's rules are in the Texas Administrative Code, found on the Secretary of State's websiteexternal link.

In an attempt to clarify different areas of the Code and Rules, we have summarized information on topics that frequently result in inquiries. Please view the list on the right to find information on some of these topics.