Start a Business
You are about to join the DC business community. All DC businesses must be properly licensed. The majority of businesses are licensed through DCRA, while a few others are licensed by other DC agencies. The wizard tool will help narrow down your business' licensing requirements.
Use our wizards to receive a personalized checklist of what is needed to get your business started in DC.
A wizard may take up to 15 minutes to complete. Once you begin, you can leave and restart later.
Things you may need to start a business in DC
There are four items all business owners in DC may need to be eligible for a Basic Business License: