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View Business Licenses Offered (Get a Business License)

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The following steps need to be completed before submitting a Basic Business License (BBL) application.

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General Information

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.).  

Basic Requirements
Each licensed activity has a set of requirements, but all licenses have to complete the four requirements outlined in the 4 Steps to Obtaining a Basic Business License.

How to Apply for a License

Online  
“Skip the Trip” and use the DC Business Portal 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. We also invite you to use our Business Portal Wizard system to review frequently asked questions. A license is issued for a 2-year or 4-year term.

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 today!
 

In Person (Unavailable during Public Health Emergency declared by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser)
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)

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