Washington DC Contractor FAQs

  • A Basic Business License Application
  • A Certificate of Occupancy/Compliance for Zoning Regulations. For more information call (202) 442-9475 (Building and Land Regulation Administration).
  • Corporations Division requirements. For instructions on how to register, go to http://www.dcra.dc.gov and click on “Corporate Registration” or call (202) 442-4432.
  • Clean Hands Certification. Certifies that you don’t owe more than $100 to the District of Columbia government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes.
  • Office of Tax Revenue (OTR) Registration. Complete and file a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR500). For more information, call the Tax Customer Center at (202) 727-4829.
  • Police Criminal History Report (Form PD 70).
  • Surety Bond in the amount of $5000 for the two year license period.
  • Public Liability and Property Damage Insurance Certificate. You must have insurance for public liability in the amount of $100,000 and property damage in the amount of $50,000 for two year license period.
  • Contract Samples. Submit two preprinted sets of your Contracts form or receipt forms in triplicate with your application.
  • Salesperson. Provide a list of salespersons working for the company. Submit at least one Home Improvement Salesperson application.

Home improvement business license fee: The application fee is $35 and the license is $167. You must also pay a $10 endorsement fee. The license is good for two years.

  • A Basic Business License Application
  • Clean Hands Certification. Certifies that you don’t owe more than $100 to the District of Columbia government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes.
  • Office of Tax Revenue (OTR) Registration. Complete and file a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR500). For more information, call the Tax Customer Center at (202) 727-4829.
  • Police Criminal History Report (Form PD 70).
  • Digital Passport Photographs
  • Proof of Issued Business License
  • Affadavit. By a contractor located in the Metropolitan Area of the District of Columbia and licensed, certifying that the applicant will be employed by the contractor as a home imporvement salesperson.

Home improvement salesperson license fee: The application fee is $35 and the license is $167. You must also pay a $10 endorsement fee. The license is good for two years.

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Business and Professional Licensing Administration
941 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-4311
http://dcra.dc.gov/dcra/site/default.asp

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