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Business Licensing

The Business Licensing Division regulates business activity in and/or to the District of Columbia by licensing businessowners and operators according to the business activity conducted (i.e., convenience stores, home improvement, residential rentals, restaurants, etc.) and location.

Featured Services


Get a Basic Business License
Start or expand your business in the Nation's Capital.


Business Licensing Online Services
Looking for Business Licensing Online Services? Start here.


DC Business Portal
Looking for regulatory information on a DC Portal?  Start here.


DC Business Center
Create a personlized space to apply for, renew, and track Business Licenses.



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Business Licensing Information
Looking for specific information? Get the important you need right here.



Business Licensing Services
Need services from Business Licensing? Get a listing of all services right here.


Business Licensing Documents & Information
Looking for a form or document? Get all of your forms and documents right here.


Business Licensing Contact Information
Need to contact us?  Get our contact information right here.