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Safekeeping Extensions Due March 31, 2017

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Any licensee with a liquor license being held in safekeeping will need to request an extension by Friday, March 31 in order to maintain its status. Extension requests may be submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board by submitting a letter by:

  • Email; or
  • Mail - 2000 14th St., NW, 4th Floor, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009.

Any license in safekeeping will be subject to cancellation if an extension request is not received by the Friday, March 31 deadline.

Safekeeping is required for any alcoholic beverage license that is temporarily discontinued for any reason. Many licenses are put in safekeeping as a result of renovations or damage to an establishment; the expiration of a lease; or being in the process of moving to a new location.

Fees for safekeeping are assessed every six months that a license is approved to be held in safekeeping. Payments must be made within 30 days of the date a billing statement is issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

Licensees that have question can contact ABRA by emailing or calling (202) 442-4423.