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Washington, DC, ABRA

Lehrman Beverage Law’s State Practice Group handles ABC issues in Washington, D.C. With significant experience before the DC ABC Board and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (“ABRA”), our State Practice Group handles ABC issues, including:

  1. initial ABC licensing and business consultation;
  2. required compliance with other local government agencies;
  3. representation before the ABC Board in case of violations; and
  4. counsel for record keeping and reporting.
Our State Practice Group includes several experienced professionals expert in D.C. ABC Law. Our lawyers successfully help retail, wholesale, and producer clients secure the necessary licenses and permits required to lawfully and profitably conduct business in the District. Our attorneys help clients in various business, contract, property, and tax matters related to ABC compliance. Whether you are just starting out, are expanding into D.C., or need guidance on complying with the complex rules and regulations, Lehrman Beverage Law is ready to assist you.
Our State Practice Group can assist you with:
  • ABRA Licenses, including:
    • Manufacturer Class A, B, and C Licenses for wineries, distilleries, breweries, cideries, and bakeries;
    • Wholesaler Class A and B Licenses for alcohol beverage distribution; Off-Premises Retailer’s Class A and B Licenses for retailers selling alcohol beverages;
    • On-Premises Retailer’s Class C and D Licenses for restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, hotels, multipurpose facilities;
    • Club Licenses, Common Carrier licenses, Temporary Licenses, Festival Licenses, ABC Manager’s Licenses, Solicitor’s Licenses, Arena Licenses, Caterer’s Licenses, Pub Crawls, Online Retailer Licenses, Farmer’s Market Licenses, and Farm Winery Retail Licenses
  • ABRA Endorsements and Permits, including:
    • Entertainment Endorsements, Summer Garden or Sidewalk Cafe Endorsements, Tasting Permits, Brew Pub Permits, Wine Pub Permits, Distillery Pub Permits, Manufacturer’s On-Site Sales and Consumption Permits, Growler Permits, One Day Substantial Change Requests, Importation Permits, Pool Buying Groups, Disposal Permits, Alcohol Certification Provider Permits, Nonprofit Corporation Auction Permits, Auction Permits, Storage Facility Permits, Off-Premises Storage Permits, and Wine and Beer Purchasing Permits
  • Business entity formation
  • ABRA license renewals and amendments
  • Buying, selling, and transferring of DC ABC licenses
  • Trade name registration and renewal
  • DC excise and alcohol beverage taxes
  • Counsel for franchise distribution agreements between wholesalers and producers
  • Settlement agreements with local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (“ANCs”)
  • Representation against ABC license protests
  • Representation before the DC ABC Board for License/Permit violations
  • Appeals from DC ABC Board decisions
  • ABRA license reporting, including: Quarterly Statements and Annual Reports
  • ABC license safekeeping
  • Compliance with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (“DCRA”), the Office of Tax and Revenue (“OTR”), the Department of Health (“DOH”), District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (“DC MPD”), District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) and all other necessary compliance
In many of these areas we provide flat and cost-effective fees, and we are happy to provide an initial consultation with no charge or obligation.
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