Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Staff Requirements.


§ 25–701. Board-approved manager required.

(a) A person designated to manage an establishment shall possess a manager’s license.

(a-1)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, an establishment's owner or Board-approved manager shall be present on the premises at all times during the establishment's hours of sale, service, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

(2) The presence of an establishment's owner or Board-approved manager shall not be required when:

(A) There are not any alcoholic beverages on the premises;

(B) The establishment is not open to the public;

(C) Alcoholic beverages are secure and not accessible to the public for sale, service, or consumption; or

(D) The license is in safekeeping pursuant to § 25-791.

(b) A licensee shall notify the Board within 7 calendar days of a manager’s conviction for other than a minor traffic violation.

(c) This section shall not apply to the holder of a wholesaler's license or off-premises retailer's license, class AI or BI, that is not open to the public or to licensees who personally superintend the establishment during licensed hours of sale.


(May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-201, § 5(b), 55 DCR 6289; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-165, § 2(f)(2), 65 DCR 9366; Feb. 21, 2020, D.C. Law 23-50, § 2(b)(2), 67 DCR 9.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-201, in subsec. (c), substituted “the holder of a wholesaler’s license that is not open to the public or to licensees” for “licensees”.


§ 25–702. Notice of criminal conviction.

A licensee shall immediately notify the Board in writing if the licensee discovers that a Board-approved manager, owner, or solicitor has been convicted for an offense other than a minor traffic offense; except, that there shall be no notification required for any such conviction that is more than 5 years old.


(May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; Feb. 21, 2020, D.C. Law 23-50, § 2(b)(3), 67 DCR 9.)


§ 25–703. Manager and owner conduct requirement.

The Board-approved manager of an establishment or owner of the establishment who personally superintends the establishment during licensed hours of operation shall not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.


(May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-270, § 2(e)(2), 62 DCR 1866; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-165, § 2(f)(3), 65 DCR 9366.)