District of Columbia

How to Become a Registered Contractor in Washington DC

Home Improvement Contractor

A license is needed to perform home improvement work with contracts of more than $300.

 For more information, contact the following:

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Business and Professional Licensing Administration

Business application/processing requirements:

  • A Basic Business License Application
  • A Certificate of Occupancy/Compliance for Zoning Regulations. To receive further information, call (202) 442-9475 (Building and Land Regulation Administration).
  • Corporations Division requirements. For further instructions on how to register, visit 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 send in 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 along 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 active for two years.

Home Improvement Salesperson application/processing requirements:

  • 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
  • Affidavit. By a contractor located in the Metropolitan Area of the District of Columbia and licensed, it’s a requirement that the applicant is employed by the contractor as a home improvement salesperson.

Home improvement salesperson license fee: The application fee costs $35. The license costs $167. You will need to also pay an endorsement fee of $10. The license is active for two years.

Question: How do I register my construction company in District of Columbia? 

 Register your District of Columbia Business With:

District of Columbia Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Website

(202) 442-4400

 

What forms do I need to register my new company in District of Columbia?

Register your Business in District of Columbia                  

Forms   Tax Forms  

 

Question: How do I look up a company in District of Columbia or see if a company name is available to register?  

Answer: Use this link to see if your company name is available in District of Columbia Entity Search