Code of the District of Columbia

§ 25–504. Minimum annual fees for on-premises retail licenses, class C and D.

(a) The minimum annual fees for an on-premises retailer’s licenses, class C and D, shall be as set forth on the following schedule. Capacity shall be the posted level of occupancy approved under the Construction Codes, as defined under § 6-1401 and as set forth in Title 12 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.

Type Capacity Class C (beer, wine, spirits) Class D (beer & wine)
Restaurant 99 or fewer. $500 $300
100 to 199. $1,000 $600
200 to 499. $1,500 $900
500 or more. $2,000 $1,200
Tavern 99 or fewer. $800 $500
100 to 199. $1,600 $1,000
200 or more. $2,400 $1,500
Nightclub 99 or fewer. $1,500 $1,000
100 to 199. $2,000 $1,250
200 to 499. $2,500 $1,500
500 to 999. $3,500 $2,000
1,000 or more. $4,500 $3,500
Hotel 99 or fewer guest rooms $2,000 $1,000
100 or more guest rooms $4,000 $2,000
Club $1,500 $500
Multipurpose facility $1,500 $500
Marine vessel Single vessel. $1,500 $750
Marine vessel line 3 or fewer vessels and dockside waiting areas $2,500 $1,000
Each additional vessel or dockside waiting area. $1,500 $500
Railroad dining or club car Single car. $500 $250
Railroad company All dining or club cars $1,500 $750
Caterer More than $1,000,000 per year gross annual receipts $5,000 -
Caterer $1,000,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $4,000 -
Caterer $500,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $3,000 -
Caterer $300,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $2,000 -
Caterer $200,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $1,000 -
Caterer $100,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $750 -
Caterer $50,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $500 -
Caterer $25,000 or less per year gross annual receipts $300 -

(b) The minimum annual fees for a bed and breakfast license shall be for a:

(1) Class C/B license $1,000; and

(2) Class D/B license $650.


(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 324, ch. 4, § 11; Apr. 30, 1934, 48 Stat. 654, ch. 181, § 1; June 18, 1934, 48 Stat. 997, ch. 588; July 2, 1935, 49 Stat. 444, ch. 359; Aug. 27, 1935, 49 Stat. 898, 899, ch. 756, §§ 3-7; June 15, 1938, 52 Stat. 691, ch. 396, §§ 1, 2; May 27, 1949, 63 Stat. 133, ch. 146, title V, § 501; June 29, 1953, 67 Stat. 103, ch. 159, § 404(d); May 31, 1962, 76 Stat. 89, Pub. L. 87-470, § 1; Dec. 8, 1970, 84 Stat. 1393, Pub. L. 91-535, § 2; Apr. 6, 1977, D.C. Law 1-102, § 2(a), (b), 23 DCR 8732; Apr. 18, 1978, D.C. Law 2-73, § 3, 24 DCR 7066; Mar. 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-157, § 2(b), 27 DCR 5117; Sept. 29, 1982, D.C. Law 4-157, §§ 6, 15, 29 DCR 3617; Mar. 10, 1983, D.C. Law 4-204, § 2, 30 DCR 185; Aug. 2, 1983, D.C. Law 5-16, § 3, 30 DCR 3193; Mar. 8, 1984, D.C. Law 5-51, § 2(a), 30 DCR 5927; Mar. 7, 1987, D.C. Law 6-217, § 5, 34 DCR 907; Aug. 17, 1991, D.C. Law 9-40, § 2(b), 38 DCR 4974; May 24, 1994, D.C. Law 10-122, § 2(e), 41 DCR 1658; Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-202, § 2(b), 45 DCR 8412; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 2003(q)(1), 46 DCR 3142; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; Sept. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-187, § 101(v), 51 DCR 6525; Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-260, § 2(e)(2), 64 DCR 2079.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-504.

1973 Ed., § 25-111.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-187 added a new row after the row designated “Nightclub”; deleted the five rows designated as “Caterer” which pertained to capacity in terms of annual revenue and also set forth the license fees; and added eight new rows designated as “Caterer”.