Every three (3) years, alcohol licenses in the District of Columbia come up for renewal. The renewal period begins in March of 2013 for CR/CX/DR/DX licenses, and September of 2013 for CT/CN/DT/DN licenses.
In order to renew a license, all licensees must submit the following documents to the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA):
- Certificate of Good Standing from DCRA – this form demonstrates that the licensee is properly registered with the District of Columbia and has submitted all of its 2 year reports;
- Business Clean Hands Form from OTR – this form certifies that the licensee does not owe the District any outstanding taxes (sales & use taxes, unincorporated business tax, etc);
- Individual Clean Hands Forms from OTR – this form certifies that the owners of the entity do not owe the District of Columbia any outstanding taxes; and
- Annual License Fee – Please refer to the chart below to determine the license fee that applies to your particular license.
During the renewal period, all establishments (licensees) will be re-placarded, and the ANC Commissions as well as neighbors will have an opportunity to review the license. Because all licensees will be placarded, it is a good time for you to consider requesting substantial changes to your license (i.e., increase hours or seating occupancy) or changes to your Voluntary Agreement, if you have one.
If your Voluntary Agreement has been in effect for at least 4 years, you may request that the ABRA board terminate the Voluntary Agreement. To do so, however, you must first negotiate with your ANC to request this change.
Please let us know if you need any assistance with renewals or negotiations with you respective ANC for any changes to your Voluntary Agreement.
Class Type Capacity Fee
CR-01 Restaurant 99 or fewer $1,000
CR-02 Restaurant 100 to 199 $1,300
CR-03 Restaurant 200 to 499 $1,950
CR-04 Restaurant 500 or more $2,600
CX Multipurpose facility $1,950
DR-01 Restaurant 99 or fewer $600
DR-02 Restaurant 100 to 199 $780
DR-03 Restaurant 200 to 499 $1,170
DR-04 Restaurant 500 or more $1,560
DX Multipurpose facility $650