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Alcohol License Application

The Alcohol License Application must be completed by all parties requesting to sell, serve, manufacture, transport, or to allow on-premises consumption of alcohol in DC; to place their license in safekeeping; or to modify or transfer their business operations, ownership, officers, or location. 

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Board Orders and Settlement Agreements apply and may affect eligibility. Additional eligibility conditions are detailed in DC Official Code Title 25: Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and DC Municipal Regulations Title 23: Alcoholic Beverages.

Applications must be submitted timely and approved by the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis (ABC) Board. ABCA staff cannot approve or issue licenses independently. Some applications may be subject to a 45-day public comment period. If approved, the individual listed on the license is the only person permitted to pick up the license unless a written request is submitted in advance to [email protected]