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Information on how to apply for a Basic Business License (BBL) in the District.

Applicable DC Construction Codes
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The DC Construction Codes specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and non-building structures.

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You may apply for a BBL and pay with a major credit/debit card via the Basic Business Online Application Submission and Issuance System (OSUB).

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To add, replace, remodel or repair fuel-burning or unfired pressure vessel equipment such as furnaces or boilers, you must apply for a boiler permit.

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DC requires every assembly occupancy shall have the occupancy load of the room or space posted in a conspicuous place.

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The District of Columbia Construction Code requires every assembly occupancy shall have the occupancy load of the room or space posted in a conspicuous place, near the main exit or exit access doorway from the room or space. 

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The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Access to Quality Child Care Expansion Grant (AQCCE), also known as A2Q Grant, provides capital and capacity building support for the expansion of new infant and toddler spaces in the District.

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Corporations Division of Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs can provide general information including corporate registration requirements.

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To obtain the permits you need to sell Christmas trees during the holiday season, please read the following instructions carefully.

Board, Construction Codes Coordinating
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In March 2009, the Mayor established the Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) to replace the Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC).

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Online Appointment Scheduling Available

The Corporations Division registers all entities, domestic (DC) or foreign (non-District) that conduct business in the District of Columbia.

Corporate Registration, Domestic General Cooperative Association
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Under the provisions of the District of Columbia Business Organizations Act (D.C. Code Title 29) customers can register domestic general cooperative associations.

Corporate Payment & Mailing Information, DCRA
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If you are submitting forms and payment at DCRA, you can pay with cash, credit card (Visa, Mastercard), money order, or check at the Cashier's Office located conveniently in the the Business Licensing Center on 2nd Floor at 1100 4th Street, SW.

Corporate Registration, Registered Agent
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An agent of an entity which is authorized to receive service of any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the entity.

Customer Support
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Have you searched our website and can’t find what you need? Get Customer Support.

Determine Whether to Register a Building
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The following questions will help you to determine whether you need to register a building you own as occupied, under construction, vacant or exempt from registration.

Directory of All Basic Business License Categories
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Please click on the link applicable to your business activity to access a fact sheet, which include instructions and required forms.

Domestic Statutory Trust
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Under the provisions of the District of Columbia Business Organizations Act (DC Code Title 29) customers can register domestic statutory trusts.

File Your Permit Drawings Online (ProjectDox)
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ProjectDox is an online platform for electronic plan submission and plan review. This system allows the electronic submission of building plans and supporting documentation.

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DCRA is continuing to improve online services for constituents by digitally transforming online options for our customers.  All Filing Representatives will be required to register using this application to file a permit application on behalf of a property owner.  The process is quick an

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