General Business (GBL)

Learn more about the DCRA's General Business License.


All businesses providing goods or services in the District must be licensed. The most commonly required license is called a General Business (GBL). The GBL applies to all businesses that:

  • have a tax identification number
  • perform a primary business activity that is not licensed under another BBL endorsement/category
  • are comprised of principals, who are not required to maintain licenses granted or regulated by a local, state or national certification board or body (attorney's, doctors, accountants, etc.).

To learn if you are required to obtain a GBL, contact the Business Licensing Division, (202) 442-4311 or visit DCRA at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024.

You may apply for a GBL online, in-person or via mail. The associated fee is $324.50 (payable to the "D.C. Treasurer").

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20024

Office Hours: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Phone: (202) 442-4400

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