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New and Expanded Outdoor Dining Seating


Allows select licensees to sell and serve alcohol on new and expanded ground floor or street level outdoor public or private space not listed on its existing alcohol license.


  • On-premises retailer licensees—hotels, multipurpose facilities, nightclubs, private clubs, restaurants, and taverns; common carriers; Convention Center food and alcohol retailers; and manufacturers with an on-site sales and consumption permit.
  • Locations must be located in a DC Office of Zoning-designated commercial or mixed-use zone.

To Register

Valid Period and Fees

Of Note

  • Permitted service hours are between 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., daily. Settlement Agreements apply.
  • Live entertainment, including live music, with an Entertainment Endorsement is permitted on registered streateries between 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., daily. Music is not permitted to be at volume where it may be heard in the homes in a DC Office of Zoning-designated residential zone.
  • Outdoor dining structures, tents, or canopies are not permitted to have more than two (2) side flaps or walls and a roof.