Certificate of Occupancy

The purpose of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is to ensure that the use of building, structure or land in the District of Columbia conforms to the Zoning Regulations, DCMR Title 11, and to the provisions of the DC Building Code, DCMR Title 12A. In most cases, no person can use a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia for any purpose other than a single family dwelling until a valid C of O has been issued.

Roadmap

You will need to visit DCRA's Permit Center at 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd floor Washington, DC 20024 with the following documents:

  • Permits Application
  • Copy of existing C of O Permit (except new buildings applying for the first time),
  • Copy of issued Building Permit,
  • C of O Authorization Form (required if you are starting a business in a building or on a property that already has a C of O),
  • Completed Inspection Record
  • Copy of lease agreement

The purpose of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is to ensure that the use of building, structure or land in the District of Columbia conforms to the Zoning Regulations, DCMR Title 11, and to the provisions of the DC Building Code, DCMR Title 12A. In most cases, no person can use a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia for any purpose other than a single family dwelling until a valid C of O has been issued.

Bring completed application, supporting documents and application filing fee to DCRA’s Permit Center, 1100 4th Street SW, Second Floor to file the application. The supporting documents are listed below:

  • Permits Application
  • Copy of existing C of O Permit (except new buildings applying for the first time),
  • Copy of issued Building Permit,
  • C of O Authorization Form (required if you are starting a business in a building or on a property that already has a C of O),
  • Completed Inspection Record
  • Copy of lease agreement

Certificate of Occupancy must be secured before the start of the following activities:

  • Before occupying an apartment building and Two-Family Rental in the District of Columbia
  • Before occupying public buildings in the District of Columbia
  • Before applying for any Basic Business License

You will need to visit DCRA's Permit Center at 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd floor Washington, DC 20024

External Resource

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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