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Sign Requirements

60-Day Sign

Prior to or during the application process, an applicant for a new license or permit may be required to post a 60-day sign at their location address. If the location has not been previously licensed for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages 24 months before the initial application review by the local TABC office, the applicant must prominently post an outdoor sign at the location for 60 days prior to the Agency issuing the license or permit. This sign gives public notice of the intent to seek a license/permit. Failure to display this sign could result in the delay in the issuance of the license/permit.

Off-Premise Retail Establishment

A TABC license/permit holder should review specific criteria for each sign and/or consult with a local TABC office, but in general, retailers such as convenience stores and grocery stores should post the following signs:

  • Handgun Warning Sign (Blue Sign)
  • Forced Labor (aka Human Trafficking) Sign
  • (No Consumption) On Premises Warning Sign
  • Public Information and Complaint Sign

These signs are available for download and hard copies are available at a local TABC office.

On-Premise Retail Establishment

A TABC license/permit holder should review specific criteria for each sign and/or consult with a local TABC office, but in general, retailers such as bars and restaurants should post the following signs:

  • Handgun Warning Sign (Red or Blue Sign depending on certain criteria)
  • Health Risks Warning Sign
  • Forced Labor (aka Human Trafficking) Sign
  • Public Information and Complaint Sign

These signs are available for download and hard copies are available at a local TABC office.

Weapons Warning Sign

All alcoholic beverages retailers must post one of two firearms signs. One sign is intended for use on the types of premises where a holder of a concealed hand gun license may lawfully possess a concealed hand gun: establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption or, if licensed for sale for on-premises consumption, establishments whose alcohol sales are 50% or less of total gross receipts. It warns that unlicensed possession of a concealed weapon is a felony.

The second sign, the 51% sign, is to be posted on the premises of establishments where the possession of any concealed weapon is illegal. These are establishments that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption whose alcohol sales constitutes more than half of gross receipts. These signs have 51% in large red letters superimposed over the warning and the warning notes that possession of a concealed weapon on the premises is a felony.

As a general rule, a true restaurant will have alcohol sales that are less than 50% of gross receipts and would be expected to post the first sign. However, if its alcohol sales are greater than 50% of gross receipts, then it would have to post the second.