City of El Paso businesses wishing to manufacture, distill, brew, sell, import, export, transport, distribute, possess, warehouse, store, bottle, rectify, blend, treat, fortify, mix, or process alcoholic beverages must obtain a City-issued alcohol license in addition to complying with all applicable requirements of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code requires certification by the City that the sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages at a certain business location is authorized by City ordinance. This is done by a City permit official who conducts an investigation and inspection to determine if the business location is in an area that does not prohibit the sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages.

City of El Paso Ordinance - 5.02 Alcoholic Beverages
City of El Paso Ordinance - 20.10.060 Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol License Procedures and Policies

Apply

To obtain an alcohol license, you must first hold a license with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and pay the established fees. For those wishing to conduct business in more than one location, a separate license is required for each place of business.

To obtain a TABC license, a City permit official must conduct an investigation and inspection to determine if your business location is an authorized area for the sale of alcohol by City ordinance.

Process to Obtain Your TABC License and City-issued Alcohol License
Step 1Contact the local office for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for information on beginning the licensing process. TABC will provide you with the correct license application, checklist and any other required documents. TABC is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 401 E. Franklin Ste. 20 or by phone at (915) 351-2458.

Step 2Apply for your City-issued alcohol license at the One Stop Shop. To apply, we require you bring the first page of your TABC application and complete the Zoning Approval Application. A Planning Specialist will submit your application, provide you with a license number, and initiate a zoning review and site inspection.

Step 3
A zoning review and site inspection will be conducted on your place of business. This will occur no later than 5 business days after the date of submittal. If approved, you will be notified that your TABC application is ready to be certified. If denied, the reason for denial will be provided.

NOTE: You may have the option to submit an appeal if your license was denied. For more information, select the Appeal tab.

Step 4
Bring your TABC application back to the One Stop Shop so it can be certified by a Planning Specialist. This certification is a requirement for your TABC license.

Step 5
Refer to your TABC checklist for other requirements. Other approvals from other organizations may be required for you to obtain your TABC license. This information can be found on your TABC checklist. If you have questions, contact TABC.

Step 6
Contact TABC to schedule an approval meeting. Once you have gotten all the appropriate certifications and signatures, make an appointment with TABC for an approval meeting. If approved, you will receive a letter of approval.

Step 7
Visit the One Stop Shop for license issuance and payment. This license officially authorizes the conduct of the described business at the provided location. Prior to issuance, we require you provide the TABC letter of approval and pay the established fees. For an itemized list of licensing fees, select the Fees tab.

For a print-out of this process, click here.

License Term

The alcohol license is valid for two years from the date of issuance. You can elect a one year term ONLY if the total cost for your alcohol license exceeds $100.00. If the total is $100.00 or less, you are required to pay for a two year license term.


Renew

To renew an alcohol license, you must pay the established fees. For an itemized list of licensing fees, select the Fees tab.

Payment can be done online, in person, by phone or mail.

To Renew Online:
https://epermits.elpasotexas.gov/CitizenAccess/

NOTE: You will need to create an account before renewing your license online. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an account, click here.

To Renew In Person or by Mail:
One Stop Shop
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79901

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

To Renew by Phone:
(915) 212-0104

License Term
The alcohol license is valid for two years from the date of issuance. You can elect a one year term ONLY if the total cost for your alcohol license exceeds $100.00. If the total is $100.00 or less, you are required to pay for a two year license term.

Appeal

After submittal, your application will be forwarded to a permit official who will determine if your business location is in an area that does not prohibit the sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages. If denied, the reason for denial will be provided. Below are the guidelines that determine if your alcohol license will be approved or denied:

  • Business location must be in a zoning district that permits the sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages. For information on what zoning districts permit such use, select the Zoning tab.
  • Business location must be at an approved site within the interior of a building or structure that has a valid certificate of occupancy allowing such use.
  • The sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in any zoning district where the place of business is located within 300 feet of a church, public or private school, or public hospital.
  • The sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in any zoning district where the place of business is located within 300 feet of a day-care center or a child-care facility. This does not apply if the business location and the day-care center or child-care facility are located on different stories of a multistory building, or are located in separate buildings and either the business location or the day-care center or child-care facility is on the second story or higher of a multistory building.

You can submit an appeal if your license was denied due to it being near a church, public or private school, public hospital, or day-care center or child-care facility. You cannot submit an appeal if your business location is not in a permitted zoning district or if it does not meet City building standards.

Appeal Options:

  • Obtain approval from the affected church, public or private school, public hospital, or day-care center or child-care facility in writing.
  • Request City Council grant an exception. A Planner at the One Stop Shop can assist you with scheduling a City Council hearing. City Council may decide to grant an exception if it determines that the enforcement of the prohibition in a particular instance:

a. Is not in the best interest of the public
b. Constitutes waste or the inefficient use of land or other resources
c. Creates an undue hardship on an applicant
d. Does not serve its intended purpose
e. Is not effective or necessary
f. For any other reason the city council, after consideration of the health, safety, and
welfare of the public and the equities of the situation, determines is in the best interest
of the community.

Zoning

Your business location must be in a zoning district that permits the sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages. Some zoning districts permit the sale, storage or handling of alcohol outright, while others permit it as an accessory. See below for additional information.

The sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale is permitted in specific uses in the following zoning districts:

  • C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, and C-5 commercial districts
  • P-C planned commercial district
  • GMU general mixed use district
  • S-D special development district
  • U-P union plaza district
  • M-1, M-2 and M-3 manufacturing districts
  • IMU industrial mixed use district
The sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale is permitted as an accessory use to specific permitted uses in the following zoning districts:

  • R-F ranch and farm district
  • R-1, R-2, R-2A, R-3, R-3A, R-4 and R-5 residential districts
  • PMD planned mountain development district
  • A-1, A-2, A-3 and A-4 apartment districts
  • A-O and A-3/O apartment/office districts
  • COP commercial office park district
  • A-M apartment and manufactured home park district
  • RMU residential mixed use district
  • PR-1 and PR-II planned residential districts
  • NOS natural open space district
The sale, storage or handling of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale is permitted as an accessory use to specific uses allowed by special permit in the following zoning districts:

  • PMD planned mountain development district
  • A-1, A-2, A-3 and A-4 apartment districts
  • A-O and A-3/O apartment/office districts
  • A-M apartment and manufactured home park district

To view our Zoning Map, click here.

Fees

Fees that are to be collected are based on information provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on your TABC packet. Established fees must be paid prior to the issuance of the alcohol license. Payment can be done in person, by phone or mail.

To Pay In Person or by Mail:
One Stop Shop
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79901

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

To Pay by Phone:
(915) 212-0104

Below is the list of fees:

List of alcohol license fees.

NOTE: You can elect a one year term ONLY if the total cost for your alcohol license exceeds $100.00. If the total is $100.00 or less, you are required to pay for a two year license term.

Contact Us

One Stop Shop
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79901
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Phone: (915) 212-0104
Fax: (915) 212-0105

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Health counter open until 5:30 p.m.)
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.