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ABRA: License Renewals, Remaining Holiday Weekends Eligible for Extended Hours, & More

September 12, 2022
All information below is posted as shared through the 09.12.22 edition of ABRA's Last Cal Newsletter:

Extended Hours

There are four (4) holiday weekends remaining in 2022 that are eligible for extended hours. They include:
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend  | Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10
  • Veterans Day Weekend | Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13
  • Thanksgiving Day Weekend | Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27
  • Christmas Day Weekend | Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26
Establishments registered in the program may sell and serve alcohol until 4:00 a.m. and operate 24 hours a day. Extended hours start the evening of the first date and end at 4:00 a.m. on the last date.
To register, licensees must submit an Extended Holiday Hours Application and Public Safety Form at least 30-days before the first approved holiday that they would like to participate. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no fee to participate.
Related, Daylight Savings ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6. Any licensee that normally ends alcohol service at 2:00 a.m. will automatically gain an additional hour to conduct business.

Alcohol License Renewal Deadline | Friday, September 30

Alcohol licenses for all B&Bs, nightclubs, and taverns expire at the end of September. Licensees who do not renew timely will be subject to a late fee of $50 per business day, not to exceed the annual license fee, starting on Monday, October 3. The Alcohol Beverage Control Board will issue Cease and Desist and Cancellation Orders on Wednesday, October 19 and Wednesday, November 2, respectively. MPD and wholesalers will be provided copies of the Orders. Licensees who have questions about attaining Certificates of Clean Hands from the District’s Office of Tax & Revenue are encouraged to listen to the recorded information session.
If you hold a license expiring on September 30 and you have not yet received your renewal packet in the mail, please email with "Missing Renewal Packet" in the subject line. License and endorsement fees are detailed on ABRA’s website.

ReOpen DC Alcohol Act

Applications are now being accepted for the three (3) new alcohol license types created by the Reopen Washington DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Amendment Act of 2022.
They include:
  • Third-Party Alcohol Delivery License Permits the same day delivery of alcohol to consumers within DC by delivery companies on behalf of alcohol-licensed restaurants, taverns, and other retailers and manufacturers.
  • Commercial Lifestyle License Permits the on-premises consumption of alcohol purchased from alcohol licensed tenants of mixed-use commercial developments within predefined boundaries not licensed by ABRA such as along or on walkways, piers, breezeways, plazas, and other outdoor areas.
  • Grocery Store 25 Percent Class A Permits a newly constructed grocery store to sell beer, wine, and spirits for off-premises consumption. Licensees who open and operate a newly constructed grocery store for at least one (1) year in a Ward 5 “qualifying zone”, in the Ward 6 Buzzard Point neighborhood, or in Wards 7 or 8, will become eligible to apply to open a store of the same type elsewhere in DC.

To learn more about each license type, listen to the information session recording or visit License questions should be directed to