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Bed and Breakfast

ABRA issues alcoholic beverage licenses to bed and breakfasts in the District. 

A bed and breakfast is defined as an establishment that has:

  • Fewer than 30 guest rooms;
  • A dining room in the same or connected building;
  • Breakfast included in the price of a room; and
  • Food served to only registered guests and their guests.

There are two classes of bed and breakfast licenses:

  • Bed and breakfast license class C: Permits a bed and breakfast to serve spirits, beer and wine.
  • Bed and breakfast license class D: Permits a bed and breakfast to serve beer and wine.

Both licenses permit a bed and breakfast to serve alcohol to only guests and their guests as part of a room fee or with the cost of a meal. Service of alcoholic beverages is only permitted for on-premises consumption in a:

  • Private guest room;
  • Dining room;
  • Lounge;
  • Banquet hall; or
  • Similar facility on the licensed premises.

Learn more about license fees and the renewal schedule on ABRA's website.

Bed and Breakfast Forms

If you are making any changes to an already licensed business, find the proper form here:

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