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Letter to Community Associations - August 9 2013


Friday, August 9, 2013

As you may know, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (DC Act 19-597), effective January 14, 2013, makes a number of significant changes to Title 25 of the D.C. Code regarding the regulation of alcoholic beverages, including the District’s licensing, adjudicatory, and enforcement processes.

I wanted to make you aware of changes to Title 25 of the D.C. Code that directly affect your organization. Pursuant to D.C. Code § 25-421(a)(5), the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is now required to provide notice of placarded license applications to Citizens Associations that have pre-registered with ABRA at least thirty (30) days prior to the receipt of the application. As part of the registration process, you are required to provide ABRA with a copy of your charter or bylaws and an e-mail address that the notice can be sent.

I have enclosed a form for your use if you desire to register your Citizens Association with ABRA in order to receive notice of placarded license applications.
Additionally, D.C. Code § 25-601(3)(B) now requires that a resolution from a Citizens Association concerning a license application occur at a meeting where notice was given to both the voting body and the applicant at least 7 days before the date of the meeting.