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ABC License Fees and Renewal Schedule

Licenses are generally issued for three-year periods with all establishments of the same type expiring on the same date, with a few exceptions. In order to remain active, a license would need to be renewed by the prescribed deadline. License fees–which vary depending on the type of establishment–are also due by the renewal deadline and may be paid for the entire licensing period or on an annual basis. Any late payment is subject to an additonal fee of $50 per day, not to exceed the cost of the license. License fees may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, check, certified check, money order or cashier's check. Checks must be made payable to the DC Treasurer. License renewal deadlines are provided on the table below.

  • Annual license fees for all class C and D licenses, except the DC Arena and Soccer Stadium, are based on the capacity noted on the Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Caterer license fees are based on a caterer's annual gross revenue for the previous year.
Class   Type Permitted Operations Fees License Expiration
A Manufacturer Permitted to manufacture and deliver spirits. $6,000 March 31, 2021
A Manufacturer Permitted to manufacture and deliver wine, cider or mead. $1,500 March 31, 2021
B Manufacturer Permitted to manufacture and deliver beer. $5,000 March 31, 2020
C Manufacturer Permitted to bake goods with up to 5% alcohol per volume that can be sold and delivered. $1,000 March 31, 2021
A Wholesaler Permitted to sell and deliver beer, wine and spirits to another District alcohol licensee or U.S. dealer. Permitted to sell beer and wine to a consumer.     $5,200 March 31, 2021
B Wholesaler Permitted to sell and deliver beer and wine to another District alcohol licensee, U.S. dealer or to a consumer.     $2,600 September 30, 2020
A Off-Premises Retailer (Liquor Store) Permitted to sell and deliver beer, wine and spirits from either a store or on the Internet. $2,600 March 31, 2021
B Off-Premises Retailer (Grocery Store) Permitted to sell and deliver beer and wine. $1,300 September 30, 2020
IA Internet Retailer Permitted to sell beer, wine and spirits over the Internet only. $2,600 March 31, 2021
IB Internet Retailer Permitted to sell beer and wine over the Internet only. $1,300 September 30, 2020
CR-01 Restaurant with 99 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,000 March 31, 2019
CR-02 Restaurant with 100-199 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,300 March 31, 2019
CR-03 Restaurant with 200-499 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,950 March 31, 2019
CR-04 Restaurant with 500 or more capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $2,600 March 31, 2019
DR-01 Restaurant with 99 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $600 March 31, 2019
DR-02 Restaurant with 100-199 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $780 March 31, 2019
DR-03 Restaurant with 200-499 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,170 March 31, 2019
DR-04 Restaurant with 500 or more capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,560 March 31, 2019
CT-01 Tavern with 99 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,300 September 30, 2019
CT-02 Tavern with 100-199 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $2,080 September 30, 2019
CT-03 Tavern with 200 or more capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $3,120 September 30, 2019
DT-01 Tavern with 99 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,000 September 30, 2019
DT-02 Tavern with 100-199 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,300 September 30, 2019
DT-03 Tavern with 200 or more capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,950 September 30, 2019
CN-01 Nightclub with 99 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,950 September 30, 2019
CN-02 Nightclub with 100-199 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $2,600 September 30, 2019
CN-03 Nightclub with 200-499 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $3,250 September 30, 2019
CN-04 Nightclub with 500-999 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $4,550 September 30, 2019
CN-05 Nightclub with 1,000 or more capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $5,850 September 30, 2019
DN-01 Nightclub with 99 or fewer capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,300 September 30, 2019
DN-02 Nightclub with 100-199 capacity Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,625 September 30, 2019
DN-03 Nightclub with 200-499 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,950 September 30, 2019
DN-04 Nightclub with 500-999 capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $2,600 September 30, 2019
DN-05 Nightclub with 1,000 or more capacity. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $4,550 September 30, 2019
CH-01 Hotel with 99 or fewer guest rooms. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $2,600 March 31, 2019
CH-02 Hotel with 100 or more guest rooms. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $5,200 March 31, 2019
DH-01 Hotel with 99 or fewer guest rooms. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,300 March 31, 2019
DH-02 Hotel with 100 or more guest rooms. Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $2,600 March 31, 2019
CB Bed & Breakfast Permitted to serve guests beer, wine and spirits as part of a room fee. $1,000 September 30, 2019
DB Bed & Breakfast Permitted to serve guests beer and wine as part of a room fee. $650 September 30, 2019
CX Club Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,950 March 31, 2019
DX Club Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $650 March 31, 2019
CX Multipurpose Facility Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,950 March 31, 2019
DX Multipurpose Facility Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $650 March 31, 2019
CX Common Carrier - Boat (single vessel) Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,950 March 31, 2019
DX Common Carrier - Boat (single vessel) Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $975 March 31, 2019
CX Common Carrier - Boat (3 or fewer vessels and dockside waiting areas) Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $3,250 March 31, 2019
DX Common Carrier - Boat (3 or fewer
vessels and dockside waiting areas)
Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $1,300 March 31, 2019
  For each additional vessel or
dockside waiting area.
 

CX is $1,950;
DX is $650.

March 31, 2019
CX Common Carrier - Train (single club or dining car) Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $650 March 31, 2019
DX Common Carrier - Train (single club or dining car) Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $325 March 31, 2019
CX Railroad Company (all dining or club cars) Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,950 March 31, 2019
DX Railroad Company (all dining or club cars) Permitted to sell and serve beer and wine. $650 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross annual revenue of $0 - $25,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $500 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross with gross annual revenue of $25,001 - $50,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $750 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross with gross annual revenue of  $50,001 - $100,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,000 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross with gross annual revenue of $100,001 - $200,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $1,500 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross with gross annual revenue of $200,001 - $300,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $2,000 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross with gross annual revenue of $300,001 - $400,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $3,000 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross with gross annual revenue of $500,001 - $1,000,000. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $4,000 March 31, 2019
Caterer Caterer with gross annual revenue of $1,000,000 or more. Permitted to sell and serve beer, wine and spirits. $5,000 March 31, 2019
- Pub Crawl   $500 for a one-year license. December 31, 2018
J Farmer's Market Permitted to have District alcohol manufacturers as vendors
that can sell beer, wine and spirits.
$300 Every six months from the date license was issued.
K Farmer's Market Permitted to have District alcohol manufacturers as vendors that can sell beer and wine. $500 Every six months from the date license was issued.
- ABC Manager Individual certified to manage one or more alcohol licensed establishments. $260 Every two-years from the date license was issued.
- Solicitor Permitted to transport and take orders on behalf of a wholesaler or manufacturer that the solicitor represents. $325  June 30, 2020

Endorsement and Permit Fees

Annual fees for endorsements and permits are as follows:

  • Entertainment Endorsement: 20% of the base licensing fee (the fee is not prorated)
  • Summer Garden/Sidewalk Café: $75
  • Distillery Pub Permit: $7,500
  • Brew Pub Permit: $3,900
  • Wine Pub Permit: $5,000
  • Manufacturer’s On-Site Sales and Consumption Permit: $1,000
  • Tasting Permit: $130
  • Storage Facility Permit: $300

An additional $50 inspection fee may be assessed if a permit is applied for after the original license is granted.

Application Processing Fees

The following are one-time fees:

  • New license, excluding manager and solicitor license application: $75
  • Transfer of a license to a new owner: $250
  • Transfer of a license to a new location: $250
  • Change of officer, director, stockholder, or general or limited partner: $100
  • Corporate or trade name change: $50
  • Keg registration: $6 per keg registration book, which is valid for the registration of ten kegs