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ABC Endorsements and Permits

ABRA grants several types of endorsements and permits to ABC licensees in the District. Endorsements and permits may be requested when applying for an ABC license by selecting options in section 5 of the application. If the endorsement or permit is requested after the license is granted, follow the instructions below. Mannufacturers can learn more about applicable endorsements and apply using this form

  • Entertainment Endorsement: Allows establishments to offer entertainment such as a DJ or live band, charge cover fees and provide dancing facilities for patrons. Apply using this form. The cost is 20% of the base license fee.
     
  • Sidewalk Café Endorsement: Allows alcoholic beverages to be served in a sidewalk café located on public property. Apply using this form. The fee is $75 plus an additional $50 inspection fee if the permit is applied for after the original license is granted.

  • Summer Garden Endorsement: Allows alcoholic beverages to be served in a summer garden located on private property. Apply using this form. The fee is $75 plus an additional $50 inspection fee if the permit is applied for after the original license is granted.

  • Tasting Permit: Allows off-premises retailers and manufacturers to provide tastings of alcoholic beverage products on a portion of the licensed premises. Apply using this form or learn more about tasting permits. The fee is $130 plus an additional $50 inspection fee if the permit is applied for after the original license is granted.

  • Brew Pub Permit: Allows a restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel or nightclub to brew malt beverages on or adjacent to the licensee’s premises. Apply using the ABC License Application and include a diagram of where manufacturing will take place in the establishment. The fee is $3,900.
     
  • Wine Pub Permit: Allows a restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel or nightclub to manufacture wine on or adjacent to the licensee’s premises.  Apply using the ABC License Application and include a diagram of where manufacturing will take place in the establishment. The fee is $5,000.
     
  • Distillery Pub Permit: Allows a restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel or nightclub to manufacture wine on or adjacent to the licensee’s premises. Apply using the ABC License Application  and include a diagram of where manufacturing will take place in the establishment. The fee is $7,500.

  • Off-site Storage: Allows invoices and records of alcoholic beverage purchases to be stored in a location off the licensed premises. Send a letter to ABRA requesting off-site storage. Include the address of the location where records are to be stored. 

Annual fees for various endorsements and permits are in addition to licensing and processing fees.

Apply in person or mail forms to ABRA:

2000 14th Street, NW
Suite 400 South, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009