Washington D.C. Business Licenses

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General Washington D.C. Guides & Resources

These guides provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for starting a business or nonprofit, registering with state authorities, and establishing a compliant organization.

Business Resources:

Business License

Get your District of Columbia business license. Harbor Compliance assists with initial and renewal registrations in every state.

Construction License

Get your District of Columbia construction licenses. Harbor Compliance assists with initial and renewal registrations in every state.

DC Clean Hands Certificate

If you apply for a basic business license in DC, you’ll also need a DC Clean Hands Certificate. Learn more about the certification and what it means.

Energy Licensing

Licensing guide for energy industry registrations and licenses in District of Columbia. Find detailed application, renewal, and reporting requirements.

Finance Licensing In

If you are looking to obtain a finance license in District of Columbia, Harbor Compliance can help.

How to Form an LLC in Washington D.C.

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions to form a limited liability company in the District Of Columbia. Do it yourself or purchase our formation service.

How to Incorporate in Washington D.C.

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate in Washington D.C. Do it yourself or purchase our incorporation service.

Licensing Resources

Washington, D.C. Business Licensing Guides and Information.

Start a Business in Washington D.C.

Total time, cost, and paperwork to start your business in the District of Columbia today! Our affordable formation services are state-specific.

Washington D.C. Biennial Report

Fast easy instructions and affordable support for filing your Washington D.C. biennial report.

Nonprofit Resources:

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization in Washington D.C.

Total cost, time, and how to start a nonprofit in Washington D.C. Instruction and services to assist with your non-profit formation.

Nonprofit Compliance

Comprehensive solutions (and free resources) to help manage your fundraising, tax exemption, license renewals, and other nonprofit compliance activities in District of Columbia, and across the US.


Washington D.C. Business Licenses for Regulated Industries

Our licensing guides provide a wealth of information including requirements, filing instructions, fees, timelines to licensure, and more for a range of industries and activities.


Washington D.C. Corporate Filings

These web pages provide detailed information on state filings required to form an entity, register a name, gain authority to operate, maintain good standing, and more.


Washington D.C. Tax Filings

Find the information you need to register for state taxes or seek tax exemptions.


Washington D.C. State Licensing Agencies

Below is a listing of the state-level licensing agencies within Washington D.C. that a business should check for business license requirements.

  • District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
  • District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy
  • District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
  • District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment - Toxic Substance Division/Hazardous Materials Branch - Pesticide Program
  • District of Columbia Department of Health - Radiation Control & Medical Devices Division
  • District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Board of Accountancy
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Board of Industrial Trades
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Board of Professional Engineering
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Board of Real Estate Appraisers
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Business Licensing Division
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Corporations Division
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Real Estate Commission
  • District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Security Officers Management Branch
  • District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
  • District of Columbia Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications
  • District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue
  • District of Columbia Pharmaceutical Control Division
  • District of Columbia Public Service Commission
  • Government of District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment - Lead Safe and Healthy Housing Division - Lead Compliance Branch

Washington D.C. Local Business Licences

Below is a listing of the local jurisdictions within Washington D.C. that a business should check for local business license requirements.

County / Parish

City / Borough / Municipality / Neighborhood

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