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Learn About ABC Laws and Regulations

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The laws regulating the sale, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages in DC are found in Title 25 of the DC Official Code. ABRA regulations are found in Title 23 of the DC Municipal Regulations.

The laws may only be enacted and amended by the DC Council. Both the DC Council and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board may enact regulations interpreting those laws. The Board can enact new regulations through the rulemaking process and in accordance with the authority granted by Title 25. As part of the legislative process, the Council may also choose to amend Title 23.

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