G O V E R N M E N T O F T H E D I S T R I C T O F C O L U M B I A. Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs. LINDA K. ARGO, DIRECTOR. Business and Professional Licensing Administration. HAROLD B. PETTIGREW, JR., ADMINISTRATOR. Doing Business 2.0.
G O V E R N M E N T O F T H E D I S T R I C T O F C O L U M B I A
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
LINDA K. ARGO, DIRECTOR
Business and Professional Licensing Administration
HAROLD B. PETTIGREW, JR., ADMINISTRATOR
Doing Business 2.0
Corporate Registration and Business Licensing Overview
October 13, 2010
STEP- BY- STEP
How will I register my business?
CORPORATIONS ACTIVITY | STATISTICS BY YEAR
- Hiring employees
- Operating as a corporation, LLC or partnership
- Filing tax returns for employment
- Using a tax-deferred pension account
A Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit is issued through DCRA’s Permit Center:
If operating a business from any commercial property a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is required for all commercial properties
If operating a business from your primary residency (home) a Home Occupation Permit (HOP) is required. Only 25% of the dwelling’s floor area, or 250 square feet, can be used for the business operation
Expedited Home Occupation Permit (eHOP)
Customers can apply for an Expedited Home Occupation Permit (EHOP) online.
- Provides ownership information
- Identifies the location of the business
- Identifies the type of business entity
The Cleans Hands form is an affidavit to verify that a potential business owner does not owe no more than $100 to the District Government
- Criminal History Check
- Other District Agency Signatory Approval (i.e. Department
BUSINESS LICENSING ACTIVITY
The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) will provide workshops and one-on-one technical assistance to customers seeking assistance with navigating the District’s regulatory environment.
The SBRC will provide service, which will include: