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Enforcement Action (Businesses)

Enforcement Process

DCRA issues Notices of Infraction (NOIs) to property owners that fail to abate commercial, construction and property maintenance code violations; to licensees who violate District licensure requirements, including professional license requirements, or otherwise violate District of Columbia laws, rules, and regulations under the authority of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. NOIs are filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) to prosecute violations to the fullest extent of the law. DCRA collects all fines, penalties, and interest associated with violations adjudicated by OAH.  Additionally, DCRA places liens on properties when violators fail to pay outstanding fines.  

DCRA will place liens on properties for the costs associated with the government correcting property violations.

Lien Information

When DCRA corrects property violations a lien is levied against the property as a cost incurred for correcting the violations.  Payment is due immediately.  To make a payment. For questions, please email DCRA.Civilinfractions@dc.gov with reference to the Property Address, Square and Lot, and Control Number.

Property Sales

If you are a Title or Settlement Agent seeking payment information for a property to be sold, please email the request to DCRA.Civilinfractions@dc.gov.  Include the property address and square and lot. If you are the purchaser of property at a tax sale and wish to request a DCRA lien be released, please email the request to DCRA.Civilinfractions@dc.gov.  Include the property address, square and lot, and copy of the tax sale deed.  Liens will only be released when the deed is issued.

Liens placed prior to the deed date of a property sold at the Discount Tax Sale, may be released.  Liens placed after, remain due and can be paid online (include link). Liens placed prior or after the deed date of a property sold at the Traditional Tax Sale will remain due, unless the lien was certified to the Office of Tax and Revenue and so collected on as part of the tax sale.  Balances due can be paid online.

Lien and/or Fine Relief: Economic Hardship

DCRA will accept requests for relief, in writing and for non-commercial property and from non-developer/non-commercial property owners only. Evidence of financial hardship (low/loss income) is required to include copies of the last three years of federal income tax information. Requests can be submitted to DCRA.Civilinfractions@dc.gov.

Pay Fines & Special Tax Assessments

Pay Fines Online
Now you can make a payment for fines resulting from Notice(s) of Infraction (NOI) issued for Housing Code violation(s) only.

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Pay Fines in Person
Cash, credit card, check or money order for fines and special tax assessments, payable to “D.C. TREASURER” are accepted.  Cash and credit card payments can only be accepted in person.  To ensure payment is applied accurately, record the square/lot and control number on the front of any check or money order.

Mail or bring payment to Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs/Office of Civil Infractions (DCRA/OCI) 1100 4th Street, S.W. Suite E510, Washington, DC 20024.  A $65.00 FINE WILL BE IMPOSED ON CHECKS DISHONORED BY THE BANK.

DC Law 2-52, provides that this assessment be paid in full with interest from the date levied.  For each month or portion thereof that an assessment remains unpaid interest is accrued at 1.5%.  Interest begins 30 calendar days after the assessment is levied.

View the Schedule of Fines *
Included in the Budget Support Act is the required annual increase in all DCRA fines amounts according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Thus, each year starting January 1st, every fine will increase.  Green Building Code and Alternative Compliance Path Infractions (§16 DCMR 3314) are not included in this fine increase.

Attached are  schedule of fines.

Additional fine information is available in the DC Municipal Regulations, Title: 16 Consumer, Commercial Practice, and Civil Infractions.

Establishment of Installment Payment Plans
DCRA offers customers the option of entering into an installment payment plan to pay fines and special tax assessments.  Through such an agreement, the accumulation of interest is stayed while the total due is paid over a maximum of six months.  To request to enter into an installment payment plan, please email DCRA.Civilinfractions@dc.gov.

Update for Rental Housing Providers

Beginning in May of 2019, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will electronically issue notifications for housing code violations. Therefore, we are requesting all housing providers who operate apartment, one- and two- family rental properties in the District of Columbia to update their contact information, including a valid email address.


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