Permits & Licenses

The Office of the City Secretary collects the Hotel / Motel Occupancy Tax and issues Beer and Wine Permits.

Beer & Wine Permits


Businesses are required to apply with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) for issuance of state permit.

The completed application should be submitted to:               
Office of the City Secretary
Attention: City Alcohol Sales Permit
1034 E. Levee St., Brownsville, TX 78520                               

If you have any questions, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 956-548-6001.


Hotel Operating Fee


  1. There is hereby levied a $50.00 fee for the privilege of owning or operating a Hotel (as that term is defined in Section 156.001 of the Texas Tax Code) within the City of Brownsville said fee being hereafter called a "Hotel Operation Fee." The initial Hotel Operation Fee must be paid to the City Secretary by each owner and each operator of a Hotel no later than July 1, 2010. Subsequent Hotel Operation Fees are due within 10 days of a change in the owner or operator of a Hotel.
  2. Upon payment of the Hotel Operation Fee, a permit will be issued to the person or entity making the payment which permit must be prominently displayed in the lobby of the Hotel. The permit expires 10 days after a change in the owner or operator of a Hotel.
  3. It shall be unlawful to operate a Hotel unless a valid unexpired permit for payment of the Hotel Operation Fee is displayed for both the owner or operator of a Hotel.
  4. Operating a Hotel without a valid unexpired permit for payment of all required Hotel Operation Fees is class "C" misdemeanor for each day that the Hotel so operates, punishable as set forth in Section 1-13 of the Brownsville City Code.

Source: City Ordinance No. 2010-1523


CITY OF BROWNSVILLE APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOL SALES (PDF)