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Appeals to Stop Work Order
building with open structures

There is a $2000 fine (per infraction) for:

Applicable DC Construction Codes
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The DC Construction Codes specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and non-building structures.

Doing business in DC
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In order to operate legally in the District of Columbia, all businesses must be licensed.

Third Party Inspections
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In order to ensure that inspection agencies are qualified to perform third party inspections, they must provide the Code Official with documented evidence that they comply with the minimum qualification requirements set forth in the Construction Codes and the Procedure Manual; such evidence must

Emergency preparedness
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To add, replace, remodel or repair fuel-burning or unfired pressure vessel equipment such as furnaces or boilers, you must apply for a boiler permit. There are three different types of boiler permits:

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Careful consideration should be given to a company’s legal structure. Some questions to ask: How many owners will there be?
Condo Records

The Office of the Surveyor records Plats and Plans of Condominiums in the District of Columbia. The documents are drawn and certified by engineers, architects and surveyors licensed in the District of Columbia. The Surveyor’s Office does not produce these plats and plans, only records them.

Board, Construction Codes Coordinating

In March 2009, the Mayor established the Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) to replace the Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC).

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Corporate Registration

DCRA's Corporations Division serves as the Office of Corporate Registrar for the District of Columbia. The Corporations Division registers all entities, domestic (DC) or foreign (non-District) that conduct business in the District of Columbia.

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General Partnership is the association of 2 or more people to carry on as co-owners of a business for profit. In this type of partnership partners liability is total, unlimited, including personal assets.

Corporate Registration: Foreign Filing Entity
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General Information

A foreign filing entity may not do business in the District until it registers with the Superintendent of Corporations of DCRA. If an entity has commenced doing business, then it may be liable for back reports and fees as identified under Form FN-1.

Corporate Payment & Mailing Information, DCRA
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Applying in Person

If you are submitting forms and payment at DCRA, you can pay with cash, credit card (Visa, Mastercard), money order, or check at the Cashier's Office located conveniently in the the Business Licensing Center on 2nd Floor at 1100 4th Street, SW.

Corporate Registration, Sole Proprietor
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Sole Proprietorship is an unincorporated business. Liability is unlimited and owner can be required to take personal assets to pay debts. Owner exercises total personal control and it is very easy to set and maintain. Owners are personally taxed on profits.

Corporate Registration, Domestic General Cooperative Association
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Under the provisions of the District of Columbia Business Organizations Act (D.C. Code Title 29) customers can register domestic general cooperative associations.

DCRA Development Ambassador Service (DAP)
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The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Development Ambassador Program (DAP) assists developers obtain a building permit by facilitating the review process in an efficient and expeditious manner.

Determine Whether to Register a Building

The following questions will help you to determine whether you need to register a building you own as occupied, under construction, vacant or exempt from registration.

Question 1: Is your building occupied?

No: Continue to question 2.

Directory of All Basic Business License Categories
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Below is a directory of licenses currently offered by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs' Business Licensing Division. Please click on the link applicable to your business activity to access a fact sheet, which include instructions and required forms.


Domestic Statutory Trust
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Under the provisions of the District of Columbia Business Organizations Act (DC Code Title 29) customers can register domestic statutory trusts.

Trust” includes a common-law trust, statutory trust, and foreign statutory trust.