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Local Option Elections

Although the laws regulating the alcoholic beverage industry are consistent statewide, the Alcoholic Beverage Code allows local determination of the types of alcoholic beverages which may be sold and how they can be sold by means of local option elections. Elections can be held by counties, cities or individual justice of the peace precincts.

Quick Facts

  • As of Augusr 2016, there are 53 completely wet counties in Texas, and 7 completely dry counties. Most counties fall somewhere in between.
  • As of August 2003 there were 35 completely wet counties and 51 completely dry.
  • There were 53 completely dry counties in 1995.

List of Local Option Elections Around the State

Elections take place several times a year, so TABC's wet/dry spreadsheet and map can become out of date quickly. Local option petitions and elections are posted on TABC's website as we obtain that information. We cannot guarantee that this list is complete.
List of local option elections webpage.

Wet/Dry Spreadsheet as of November 2016

View a list of all counties, cities and JP precincts in Texas and their wet/dry status. Please note that an area annexed to a city may assume the same or certain privileges regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages if certain, and very specific, conditions are met. (See Section 251.725 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code). This information is the most accurate that TABC has to offer, but only the city or county clerk's office can officially declare a location to be wet or dry.

Wet/Dry Map as of November 2016

See a map of wet, dry or partly wet counties in Texas as of November 2016.

Questions?

The Secretary of State has oversight over local option elections. For questions about specific election procedures, please contact the Secretary of State's Office, or visit the Secretary of State's website.

For questions regarding TABC or the Alcoholic Beverage Code, please feel free to contact the TABC Public Information Officer at (512) 206-3462 or at questions@tabc.texas.gov.

County Officials: When to notify TABC of a petition

Sec. 501.023(b) of the Texas Elections Code requires county clerks to notify the Commission and the Texas Secretary of State no later than the fifth day after a petition seeking a local option election has been issued.

Notifications to TABC may be made by mail, telephone, or e-mail. When notifying the Commission, please include:

  • Name of the city or county issuing the petition
  • Date the petition is issued
  • Jurisdiction (JP precinct, city or county) for which the proposed election would be held
  • Exact statutory issue ("The legal sale of…" see Sec. 501.035 of the Elections Code) on the petition

Further, the following information is requested (but not statutorily required) during the election process:

  • Notice when a petition is returned with sufficient valid signatures to call an election
  • Election date when the election is called by the commissioner's court or city council
  • Election results: votes for and votes against

To notify TABC about a petition, please call (512) 206-3400, or e-mail local.option@tabc.texas.gov.

Mailed notifications may be sent to:

Office of the Executive Director
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
PO Box 13127
Austin, TX 78711