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Types of ABC Licenses, Endorsements and Permits

ABC licenses are issued in the District based on license type and class.

License Types

There are several alcoholic beverage license types:

  1. Manufacturer: Operates a plant that manufactures spirits, wine (including cider) or beer.
  2. Wholesaler: Sells alcoholic beverages to other District ABC licensees for resale.
  3. Off-premise retailers: Stores where alcoholic beverages may be purchased but may only be consumed off of the licensed premises or an Internet site where alcohol can be ordered online.
  4. On-premise retailers: Establishments where alcoholic beverages may be purchased and consumed on the licensed premises. On-premises retailers include restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, hotels, bed and breakfasts, theaters, museums, sports facilities, passenger-carrying ships and trains.
  5. Caterer: Sells and serves alcoholic beverages at catered events as part of the licensee’s preparation and service of food.
  6. Solicitor: Permitted to transport samples of alcoholic beverages to ABC-licensed establishments on behalf of a vendor and to take orders on behalf of the vendor that the solicitor represents.
  7. Festival License: Temporarily permits the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at sporting or performing arts events for up to 15 days.
  8. Temporary License: Temporarily permits the sale and service of alcoholic beverages for up to four days at banquets, picnics, bazaars, fairs or similar public gatherings.
  9. ABC Manager: Individual certified to manage one or more ABC establishments.

License Classes

License class determines the kinds of alcoholic beverages an establishment can sell.

  • Manufacturer Class A: Permits the production of spirits and wine (wine includes cider). 
  • Manufacturer Class B: Permits the production of beer.
  • Manufacturer Class C: Permits the production of baked goods with a maximum of five percent of alcohol per volume.
  • Wholesaler Class A: Permits the distribution and sale of spirits, beer and wine.
  • Wholesaler Class B: Permits the distribution and sale of beer and wine.
  • Off-premises Retailer Class A: Permits a store to sell spirits, beer, and wine for consumption off of the licensed premises.
  • Off-premises Retailer Class B: Permits a store to sell beer and wine for consumption off of the licensed premises.
  • Internet Class A: Permits a retailer that does not have a physical location to sell spirits, beer and wine online.
  • Internet Class B: Permits a retailer that does not have a physical location to sell beer and wine online.
  • On-premises Retailer Class C: Permits the sale, service and consumption of spirits, beer and wine at a restaurant, tavern, nightclub, hotel, bed and breakfast and multipurpose facility. The licenses are further defined as follows by type of establishment:
    • Restaurant: C/R license
    • Tavern: C/T license 
    • Nightclub: C/N license 
    • Hotel: C/H license 
    • Bed and Breakfast: C/B license
    • Multipurpose facility: C/X license
  • On-premises Retailer Class D: Permits the sale, service and consumption of beer and wine at a restaurant, tavern, nightclub, hotel and multipurpose facility.The licenses are further defined as follows:
    • Restaurant: D/R license
    • Tavern: D/T license
    • Nightclub: D/N license
    • Hotel: D/H license
    • Bed and Breakfast: D/B license
    • Multipurpose Facility: D/X license
  • Club Class C: Permits consumption of spirits, beer and wine at a club.
  • Club Class D: Permits consumption of beer and wine at a club.
  • Common Carrier Class C: Permits the sale, service, and consumption of spirits, beer, and wine on a passenger carrying train or boat.
  • Common Carrier Class D: Permits the sale, service, and consumption of beer and wine on a passenger carrying train or boat.
  • Temporary License Class F: Temporarily permits the sale and consumption of beer and wine for up to four days at banquets, picnics, bazaars, fairs or similar public gatherings.
  • Temporary License Class G: Temporarily permits the sale and consumption of spirits, beer and wine for up to four days at banquets, picnics, bazaars, fairs or similar public gatherings.
  • Festival License Class H: Temporarily permits the sale and consumption of beer and wine at sporting, cultural or performing arts events for up to 15 days.
  • Festival License Class I: Temporarily permits the sale and consumption of spirits, beer and wine at sporting or performing arts events for up to 15 days.
  • Farmer's Market Class J: Permits district manufacturers, brew pub, wine pub or distillery to operate as a vendor for tastings of the product it produces, including beer and wine. 
  • Farmer's Market Class K: Permits district manufacturers, brew pub, wine pub or distillery to operate as a vendor for tastings of the product it produces, including spirits, beer and wine.

Endorsement and Permit Types

  • Entertainment Endorsement: There are three different types of entertainment endorsement categories that allow a licensee to either provide live entertainment, dancing or charge a cover. Restaurants, taverns, hotels and manufacturers that provide entertainment, dancing or charge a cover can apply for one, two or all three endorsement categories.
  • Summer Garden or Sidewalk Café Endorsement: Allows a manufacturer, restaurant, tavern, hotel, nightclub and multipurpose facility that holds an on-site sales and consumption permit, to sell, serve and allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on outdoor public or private space. A summer garden endorsement would be issued if it is for outdoor private space. A sidewalk café endorsement would be issued if it is for outdoor public space.
  • Tasting Permit: Allows a manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler or private collector to provide customers with a tasting of products on a portion of the licensed premises or licensed storage facility.
  • Brew Pub Permit: Allows a restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel or nightclub to brew beer on or adjacent to its licensed premises and to sell the beer for consumption at the establishment. Also allows the licensee to sell the beer it manufactures in cans, kegs, bottles, growlers and other sealed containers to wholesalers and patrons for off-premises consumption.
  • Wine Pub Permit: Allows a restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel or nightclub to manufacture wine on or adjacent to its licensed premises and to sell the wine for consumption at the establishments. Also allows the licensee to sell the wine in sealed bottles or other closed containers to wholesalers and patrons for off-premises consumption.
  • Distillery Pub Permit: Allows an on-premises establishment to manufacture, distill and store craft liquors on the licensed premises or in an area immediately adjacent to the premises. Also allows the licensee to sell the spirits in sealed bottles or other closed containers to wholesalers and patrons for off-premises consumption.
  • Manufacturer’s On-Site Sales and Consumption Permit: Allows a spirit, beer or wine manufacturer to sell the products it manufactures for consumption on the licensed premises.