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Certificate of Occupancy/Home Occupation Permit Details

Certificate of Occupancy

All applicants for a Basic Business License operating from a commercial location in the District of Columbia must provide a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for the premise address from which the business activity is conducted in order to demonstrate the activity does not conflict with building and zoning codes. For more information, please call the Office of the Zoning Administrator, (202) 442-4576, 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.
 
Note: In some cases, a business operating in an office building may operate under the umbrella of the C of O issued to the owner of the building as long as the C of O is issued for the entire building. Check with the building owner or management company for the holder’s name, C of O number, and issue date.

 

Home Occupation Permit

All applicants for a Basic Business License operating from a residential location the District of Columbia must provide a Home Occupation (HOP) for the premise address from which the business activity is conducted in order to demonstrate the activity does not conflict with building and zoning codes. For more information, please call the Office of the Zoning Administrator, (202) 442-4576, 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.
 
 

Expedited Home Occupation Permits and Business Licensing

An Expedited HOP (EHOP) process is available as part of the online business licensing process for the home offices of the following occupation types: businessperson; salesperson; independent consultant; journalist; writer; typing, word processing, or computing programming services; telemarketing services. Please click here to apply for both a Basic Business License and an Expedited HOP.
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