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When will businesses be able to apply for a permit to sell beer and wine in Tyler?
Following the canvassing of the election results on Nov. 19, businesses will be able to begin applying for permits to sell beer and wine at Tyler businesses, a process that begins with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). The Tyler City Council will canvass the results of the recent beer and wine election on Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. at a special called meeting to be held at City Hall, 212 N. Bonner.


How do I apply for a permit?
(1) The first step in the application process will be to download the permit application from the TABC website,

(2) The applicant will then submit the completed TABC application, along with a City administrative review fee of $500 and a permit fee of half of the cost of the TABC permit, to the City of Tyler Planning Department.  The Planning Department will review the application, ensuring compliance with City ordinances, including zoning and distance requirements.  The Tyler Police Department will also review the application. Depending upon compliance, the City Clerk would then sign off on the permit application. 

(3) The next step in the process will be for the applicant to pick up the TABC permit application from the City of Tyler Clerk’s office and submit it to Smith County for review.

(4) Following approval from Smith County, the State Comptroller reviews the application and once signed, the applicant shall then

(5) Submit it to the TABC for review. Following the TABC review and approval,

(6) The County Judge will sign off on the application and return it to the TABC. 

(7) The TABC will then meet with the applicant and provide required materials and the permit.


How long will it take to receive a permit?
TABC has stated that once they receive the permit their average review time is 42 days. This does not include steps 1-4. 

It is difficult to pinpoint an overall timeline because there are so many different entities involved in the approval process, per State law requirements. 

The City of Tyler is just one step in the overall process.  It will also depend greatly on how many applications we receive at the onset, the completeness of the applications, and any findings by the TABC.


“The filing of any protest to the application  pursuant to State law could also affect the timelines.”