Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) play an important role in the licensing process through their recommendations and abilities to protest liquor licenses. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) is required by law to give great weight to the resolutions and support letters filed by affected ANCs as part of their protest to the following:
- Issuance or renewal of a license.
- Approval of a substantial change in the nature of operations as determined by the Board under the DC Official Code Title 25, Section 404.
- Renewal of a new owner license.
- Transfer of a license to a new location.
An affected ANC that has resolutions regarding these issues must file comments at least 7 calendar days before the date of a Board hearing. An applicant for an ABC license may respond to the ANC’s recommendation at the protest hearing.