Code of the District of Columbia

§ 25–340.01. Special restrictions for Ward 4.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) "Full-service grocery store" shall have the same meaning as provided in § 25-101(22A).

(2) "Ward 4" means the area defined as Ward 4 in § 1-1041.03 on September 30, 2004.

(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d) of this section, no class A or B off-premises retailer’s license shall be issued in or transferred into Ward 4; provided, that this section shall not prohibit the transfer of a class A or B off-premises retailer’s license within Ward 4.

(c) This section shall not apply to any application for a new or transferred license pending on September 30, 2004.

(d) The restrictions on the issuance in or transfer into Ward 4 of a class B off-premises retailer's license set forth in subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to a full-service grocery store.

(e) The Mayor, pursuant to [subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2], may issue rules to implement the provisions of this section. The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 30-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution, within this 30-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.


(Mar. 21, 2009, D.C. Law 17-324, § 2(c), 56 DCR 239; May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-270,§ 2(b)(5), 62 DCR 1866; Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-57, § 2, 64 DCR 13438.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-270 substituted “class A or B -premises retailer's license” for “class A or B license” twice in (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2(a) of Targeted Ward 4 Single Sales Moratorium Emergency Act of 2008 (D.C. Act 17-509, September 25, 2008, 55 DCR 10878).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 of D.C. Law 17-288 added a section to read as follows: “§ 25-340.01. Special restrictions for Ward 4. ”No class A or B license shall be issued in or transferred into Ward 4; provided, that this section shall not prohibit the transfer of a class A or B license within Ward 4. For the purposes of this section, the term ‘Ward 4’ means the area defined as Ward 4 in § 1-1041.03 on September 30, 2004. This section shall not apply to any application for a new or transferred license pending on September 30, 2004.”

Section 5(b) of D.C. Law 17-288 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.