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ABC Board Seeks Public Comment at Georgetown Moratorium Zone Public Hearing - February 24, 2016

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The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will hold a hearing to receive public comment on the future of the Georgetown Moratorium Zone (23 DCMR § 305). 

Hearing Information

When: 10 am on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Where: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Hearing Room, 2000 14th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009 

Members of the public and representatives of organizations that want to testify should contact ABRA General Counsel Martha Jenkins by Friday, February 19, 2016. Provide the full name, title, and organization, if applicable, of the person(s) testifying.

  • Call - (202) 442-4456
  • Email

Members of the public that are testifying should bring six copies of their written testimony to the hearing. Testimony may be limited to five minutes in order to permit each person an opportunity to be heard.  

Members of the public that are unable to testify in person are encouraged to provide written comments, which will be made a part of the Board’s official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to ABRA General Counsel Martha Jenkins no later than 4 pm on Friday, March 4, 2016:

  • Email
  • Mail - 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009 


The moratorium is currently in effect until April 9, 2016. It was extended beyond its original expiration of February 3, 2016 after the Board adopted emergency rules on December 9, 2015. The Georgetown Moratorium Zone extends approximately 1,800 feet in all directions from the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and N Street, NW.

Several restrictions apply within the Georgetown Moratorium Zone, including:

  • No new retailer's licenses class C or D may be issued to a tavern or nightclub.
  • No retailer's licenses class C may be issued to a multipurpose facility.
  • No more than 68 retailer’s licenses class C or D may be issued to restaurants.
  • No more than 1 retailer’s license class D may be issued to a multipurpose facility.
  • 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.