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The 2013 District of Columbia Construction Codes, consisting of 11 of the 2012 International Codes published by the International Code Council (ICC) and the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code published by the National Fire Protection Association, with changes, deletions and/or additions

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

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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.

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

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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 and such evidence mu

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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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Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) Information

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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?

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.


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

In these tough economic times, we know that every dollar you spend is precious. The Government of the District of Columbia wants to be sure you are getting exactly what you pay for.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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General Information

Under the provisions of the District of Columbia Business Organizations Act (D.C. Code Title 29) customers can register domestic general cooperative associations.

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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.