Washington D.C. Business Licenses

We help you obtain and maintain licenses for your business or nonprofit nationwide

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:

Construction License

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

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.

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 Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
  • District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division
  • District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
  • District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
  • District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Accountancy
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Industrial Trades
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Professional Engineering
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Real Estate Appraisers
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Real Estate Commission
  • District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - 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

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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