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Business activity in and/or to the District requires owners/operators to be licensed according to the business activity conducted (i.e. convenience stores, home improvement contractors, residential rentals, restaurants, etc.).

Each licensed activity has a set of requirements, see categories below, but all licenses have to complete the four requirements outlined in the Steps to Obtaining a Basic Business License.

View Steps to Obtain a Basic Business License

 

How to Apply for a License

Online  
“Skip the Trip” and use the DC Business Center to conduct business wherever and whenever you choose. Application requirements may be found below for which each category for which an application may be submitted online. If you have more detailed questions about the requirements and/or categories, contact us at (202) 442-4400.

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Quick Form
Do you want to form a Domestic Limited Liability Company (DLLC) and apply for a General Business License (GBL) through one application? Submit a Domestic LLC and General Business License Application.

Submit Application Today

 

In Person 
Visit us at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024 to submit your application and receive your license. Depending the license type, your license may be issued the same day.

 

Get a Home Occupancy Permit

This permit is required for operating a business from your home. (You must live in the District of Columbia and it must be your primary residence)

Apply for a Permit

 

Business Licensing Categories

Note: For each category, other than the last category (“Regulated Businesses”), the requirements are identical for all licenses in that category.  However, the fee schedule may vary depending on the type of license.

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If you are a current or aspiring landlord in the District, we have complied this new resource to help you with your business. This eBooklet is available in a desktop or mobile version so that you can keep it handy and accessible.

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