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Basic Business License Inspection Requirement

In order to obtain or renew a Basic Business License as a rental property provider, landlords must obtain and pass an inspection. There is no cost for the inspection, however, if a property fails the inspection or you request that the inspection be rescheduled with less than two business days advance notice, you will be responsible for paying a $90.00 re-inspection fee that must be paid prior to license renewal.

In order to schedule an inspection on your property, please submit a request using this online inspection request form and the DCRA Inspection and Compliance Administration will contact you directly within 10 business days to schedule an inspection.

To ensure that we have the best contact information for you, please visit the DCRA Housing Registry to provide or update your contact information.

A few things to note:

  • Any request to reschedule must be made at least two (2) business days prior to the scheduled inspection date.
  • If renewing a Basic Business License and you do not obtain a passed inspection prior to the time of renewal, your Basic Business License will not be renewed. Failure to obtain an inspection within 90 days, you license will be cancelled.
  • You may also receive a Notice of Infraction (NOI) for operating your business without fully complying with the licensure regulations.