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ABC Neighborhood Moratorium Zones



A moratorium zone is a defined area where the ABC Board has:

  • Limited the number of alcoholic beverage licenses issued
  • Prohibited the issuance of alcoholic beverage licenses of any class
  • Prohibited the issuance of amended licenses that constitute a substantial change
  • Limited the sale of products that may be sold by  an off-premises retailer’s license, class A or B

Any group with standing in accordance with D.C. Official Code § 25-601 may make a request to the ABC Board to issue limitations or to declare a moratorium. Requests must stipulate the reasons that the moratorium is appropriate under at least two of the appropriateness standards. See D.C. Official Code § 25-313.  If a request meets all of the requirements, the ABC Board will provide notice to the public as required by law.

There are 3 moratoriums in effect across the District. They include:

The North Shaw Moratorium Zone is currently under consideration with the ABC Board.

Additional information on moratoria can be found in Title 25 of D.C. Official Code and Title 23 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.