ABRA's Last Call Newsletter: November/December 2022 Edition

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Last Call Newsletter

NOV/DEC 2022

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FIFA World Cup

For the third time, On-Premises Retailers, Manufacturers with an On-Site Sales and Consumption Permit, and Temporary License holders are eligible for extended hours during the FIFA World Cup

From Sunday, November 20 - Sunday, December 18, 2022, registered establishments may operate 24-hours daily and serve alcohol until 4:00 a.m. 

To participate, licensees must register and pay a non-refundable $100 fee by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17

Licensees are advised of the following: 

  • Alcohol sales, service, and consumption are NOT permitted between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. 
  • Settlement Agreements and Board Orders apply and may affect eligibility. 
  • Registration in ABRA’s Extended Holiday Hours Program and previous World Cup application approvals do not extend to the 2022 World Cup.  
  • Approval of extended alcohol service hours does not extend ABC Board approved entertainment hours. To modify entertainment hours, establishments must submit a Substantial Change Application.
  • If approved, licensees will be issued a permit that must be posted next to their alcohol license, inside of the premises.  

Additional details, including the 2022 World Cup Emergency Amendment Act of 2022 authorizing the extended hours, and registration forms are available at abra.dc.gov.   


The final holidays in 2022 eligible for extended hours are:   

  • Veterans Day Weekend | Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13 
    Registration closed
  • Thanksgiving Day Weekend | Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27   
    Registration closed
  • Christmas Day Weekend | Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26  Registration deadline—Monday, November 28 
  • New Year’s Day Weekend | Friday, December 30 – Monday, January 2 Registration deadline—Monday, December 2 

Registration is free and is accepted on an ongoing basis. Registration must be completed at least 30 days prior to a licensee’s first eligible holiday. To register, licensees must submit an Extended Holiday Hours Application and Public Safety Form. Settlement agreements barring participation must be amended prior to application submission.

The 2023 Extended Holiday Hours calendar will be released in mid-November. 

Daylight Saving Time 

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6. Clocks must “fall back,” or be turned back by one (1) hour. Hours of alcohol service are automatically extended for licensees during biannual daylight savings changes. Licensees that normally end alcohol service at 2:00 a.m. will automatically gain an additional hour to serve alcohol.  

Licensees that have a Settlement Agreement or ABC Board Order limiting closing hours to 1:00 a.m. or earlier are NOT eligible to participate. 

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Glover Park Mortarium Zone 

On October 5, the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board adopted emergency rules extending the Glover Park Moratorium Zone (GPMZ) to February 2, 2023, following a petition from Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3B. The existing moratorium, which has been in effect since 1999, expired on February 10, 2022.  

The GPMZ prohibits the issuance of any new on-premises retailer’s licenses, class CT, CN, CX, DN, DT, or DX, and restricts license holders from transferring their license to a location within the zone. 

The ABC Board will take final rulemaking action no less than 30-days after publication of the notice in the DC Register. The emergency and proposed rules will be transmitted to the DC Council for a 90-day period of review. No changes to the existing moratorium are proposed. 

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Annual Streatery Fee  |  Wednesday, November 30 

The Reopen Washington DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Amendment Act of 2022 extends the streatery program through December 31, 2023, and permits licensees to operate their streatery year-round.  

Eligible establishments are required to submit a completed Streatery Endorsement Application and pay a non-refundable $100 annual fee. Applications for pre-existing streateries registered with DDOT must obtain a Streatery Endorsement but are not subject to ABC Board approval.

Additional requirements and payment information are detailed on ABRA’s website.  

Wine Pub Statements | Monday, January 16 

Pursuant to DC Code § 25-124, all wine pub permit holders must submit a report to ABRA each calendar year detailing the: 

  • Type(s) of wine produced or made reasonable efforts to produce on the licensed premises the previous calendar year (2021), AND 
  • Name(s) and title(s) of the vintner(s), or other person(s), who produced or made reasonable efforts to produce the wine. 

Report templates will be emailed to licensees in December. 

Quarterly Reports | Monday, January 30 

Alcohol licensed hotels and restaurants are required to submit a financial report covering all sales and expense activity during the reporting period of October 1 - December 31, 2022.

Reports must be submitted quarterly regardless of whether sales or expenses total zero. Failure to do so may result in fines license suspension or revocation, or affect renewal eligibility.

Filing guidance, including a recording from a Books and Records Training, is available on ABRA’s website

Caterers Reports | Monday, January 30 

Alcohol licensed caterers are required to submit a financial report covering all sales and expense activity during the reporting period of July 1 - December 31, 2022. Reports must be submitted semiannually regardless of whether sales or expenses total zero. Failure to do so may result in fines, license suspension or revocation, or affect renewal eligibility.  

Additional filing guidance is available on ABRA’s website

Questions about licenses and upcoming deadlines should be directed to abc@dc.gov


ABRA hosts trainings and information sessions on an ongoing basis. All sessions are offered virtually and are free with advanced registration. The next upcoming session is: 

  • ABC 101  Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. An introduction to ABRA, key alcohol laws and regulations, and best practices. 

View complete training schedule and available recordings.

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Settlement Agreement Search Tool 

Settlement Agreement is a voluntary contract between an alcohol licensed establishment and other party that details terms and conditions which address neighborhood concerns. Settlement Agreements may be entered into at any time but must be approved by the ABC Board to be enforceable.  

Once approved, the terms of the Settlement Agreement are attached to the alcohol license and remain in effect, unless amended or terminated, for the life of the license. If the license is sold, the new owners must continue to follow the agreed upon terms. 

ABRA publishes ABC Board approved Settlement Agreements online on an ongoing basis. To find an agreement:  

  1. Access the search tool
  2. Enter the address of the establishment into the search bar (Settlement Agreements are not searchable by business name). Select “Abstract” for the Type and click” Apply”. 
  3. Licensees are also required to keep a copy of their Settlement Agreement onsite and make it available to the public upon request. ANCs and other parties that enter into a Settlement Agreement should maintain their own copy to reference as needed.  

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Office Closures

ABRA’s office will be closed for the following holidays: 

  • Thursday, November 24 | Thanksgiving Day 
  • Monday, December 26 | Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Wednesday, January 1 | New Year’s Day 

Our office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. the day immediately following each holiday. 

ABC Board Recess and Schedule 

The ABC Board meets every Wednesday except when in recess. The ABC Board will be in recess on Wednesday, November 23 and Wednesday, December 21 - January 4, 2023. 

The 2023 ABC Board Schedule will be released in early December.