Certificate of Occupancy/Home Occupation Permit
The third step in starting a business is to get a Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit if your business is located in DC proper. Verification of land use details the use of a building, structure or land and ensures the use is aligned with regulations.
* A Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained in three (3) steps:
Step 1. Determine the reason for your C of O application (i.e., New Construction, Change of Use and/or Change of Ownership).
Step 3. Wait for application review, inspection and approval from the Permits Division, (202) 442-4576 or visit DCRA at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024.
Step 1. Complete and submit a Home Occupation Permit Application.
Step 2. Submit $36.30 payment.
*Review the Certificate of Occupancy Checklist for variations in the application process.
**Review the Home Occupation Permit Checklist for variations in the applications process.