Washington D.C. Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Washington D.C..

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Washington D.C..

District of Columbia General Business License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Law:

DC Code § 44-1700; 47-2851 DC Municipal Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 13 and DC Code § 47-285103D; DC Municipal Regulations, Title 17, Chapter 38.

Notes:

Businesses that have a basic business license in a different classification than the general business license typically do not need a general business license as well. Only businesses with elevator, retail cigarette, patent medicine, food product, or vending machine classifications will need to apply for the additional general business license. Nonprofit organizations generally hold a charitable solicitation license instead of a general business license.

Initial Registration

Form:

Either Charitable Solicitation, Charitable Exempt, or General Business in some cases. 

Filing method:

Mail, In-person, or Online.

Agency fee:

$324.50 for General Business.

Turnaround:

Immediate for online and up to 30 days for mail.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Either Charitable Solicitation, Charitable Exempt, or General Business in some cases. 

Filing method:

Mail, In-person, or Online.

Agency fee:

$324.50 for General Business.

Turnaround:

Immediate for online and up to 30 days for mail.

Due:

Biennially.

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