A home occupation is a business, profession or other economic activity conducted full- or part-time in the principal residence of the person conducting the business. This permit is required for operating a business from your home.
- You must live in the District of Columbia
- The home must be your primary residence
How to apply?
If your occupation type is a businessperson; salesperson; independent consultant; journalist; writer; typing, word processing, or computing programming services; telemarketing services.
For all other HOP types, you must obtain a Home Occupation Permit (HOP) before you obtain your business license.
Review these steps BEFORE you subtmit a Home Occupation Permit (HOP) application:
Applicant must submit an online HOP application and upload the required supporting documentation. An HOP application submitted by anyone other than the named applicant, for whom the premises is their primary residence, will not be accepted.
If applicant is a tenant of the residence, please upload proof of residency. Acceptable documents include:
- Driver’s license or identification card issued by the District of Columbia.
- Gas or electric utility bill.
If the applicant is presently operating a business in the residence, please upload a copy of all existing HOPs.
- If the proposed business is a Corporation, please upload a copy of the Articles of Incorporation, Listing of Corporate Officers, and Letter of Good Standing.
- The Letter of Good Standing is obtainable from CorpOnline, DCRA's online corporate registration and filing platform.
If the applicant classifies themselves as a licensed professional, please upload a copy of the license to practice in the District of Columbia. Examples of professions requiring professional licensure include, but are not limited to:
- Medical Doctor
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Funeral Director
- Real Estate sales
If the proposed business is a Child Development Home (CDH) as defined by 11 DCMR B-100, please upload the required written and graphic fire evacuation plans and a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license.Application Review Process
The review process typically takes 24 hours for non-childcare applications and 72 hours to schedule an inspection for childcare applications
Resources and Information
- At a Glance: Establishing or Expanding a Childcare Operation in the District of Columbia
- Establishing a Child Development Home
- Establishing a Child Development Center
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Caring for CDC and CDH Facilities
- Guide to the BZA Application Process
- Written Fire Evacuation Plan Form
- Fire Evacuation Plan Guidelines for Child Development Homes
- Child Development Homes Building Code- Appendix M
- Certificate of Occupancy Application
- HOP Application Checklist
- HOP Cancellation Form