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ABC Board to Announce Decision on Georgetown Moratorium Zone March 30

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WHAT/WHO: The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will announce its decision tomorrow regarding whether to extend, modify or eliminate the Georgetown Moratorium Zone. In making its decision, the Board is considering all public comment that it has received on the issue.

WHEN: 10 am, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WHERE: Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20009 

BACKGROUND: The Georgetown Moratorium Zone is currently in effect until April 9, 2016. The following restrictions apply within the zone, which extends approximately 1,800 feet in all directions from the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and N Street, NW:

  • No new retailer's license class C or D may be issued to a tavern or nightclub.
  • No retailer's license class C may be issued to a multipurpose facility.
  • No more than 1 retailer’s license class D may be issued to a multipurpose facility.
  • No more than 68 retailer’s licenses class C or D may be issued to restaurants.
  • A license holder outside of the Georgetown Moratorium Zone is not permitted to transfer a license to a location within the zone.

Exemptions from the moratorium, include:

  • All hotels; and
  • Establishments located in or to be located in Georgetown Park, Georgetown Park II, Prospect Place Mall, Georgetown Court and Washington Harbor.

Complete details of the moratorium can be reviewed in section 305 of DCMR Title 23. 

In addition to the Georgetown Moratorium Zone regulation, a separate law in the Georgetown Historic District caps the number of alcohol licenses that can be issued to taverns and nightclubs in the area at six. Complete details are available online.