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Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone

On July 9, 2014, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board renewed and modified a moratorium on the issuance of certain alcoholic beverage licenses in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The new rules are effective immediately on an emergency basis and are subject to a 30-day public comment period and final approval from the District of Columbia Council. The current rules are as follows:

  • The Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone extends approximately 1,400 feet in all directions from the intersection of Belmont Road and 18th Street, NW.
  • No new licenses can be issued for taverns and multipurpose facilities within the zone.
  • No nightclub licenses are permitted in the zone.
  • No more than 10 licenses issued for taverns and multipurpose facilities within the zone.
  • A restaurant holding a license within the zone is prohibited from changing its license class unless there are fewer than 10 taverns and multipurpose facilities within the zone.
  • A license holder outside of the zone is not permitted to transfer its license to a location within the zone unless it is a restaurant, hotel or off-premise retailer. 

The following are exempt from the terms of the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Off-premise retailers (class A and B)

Complete details on the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone can be reviewed in the Notice of Proposed and Emergency Rules.

A downloadable map of Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone is also available.

Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone