Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

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About ABRA

The mission of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is to support the public’s health, safety and welfare through the control and regulation of the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.

ABRA issues and renews licenses that enable qualified businesses to sell and serve alcoholic beverages. The agency also monitors compliance with ABC laws and takes appropriate enforcement action when licensees violate these laws. When necessary, ABRA proposes new laws regulating the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages in DC. ABRA also offers education programs that help ABC establishments prevent the sale of alcohol to underage individuals.

ABRA is committed to promoting the health, safety and welfare of citizens patronizing more than 2,000 ABC-licensed establishments in the District. Toward this goal, ABRA educates owners and employees of ABC establishments as to how to comply with ABC laws, policies and procedures. ABRA conducts licensing, training, adjudication and enforcement efforts that serve:

  • ABC Licensees
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs)
  • Community Associations
  • Members of the public

ABRA operates under the authority of a Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that sets policy parameters for the agency.