The DCRA has been broken into two agencies. The Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP), will serve residents, businesses, and visitors of the District of Columbia, taking on responsibilities previously under the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ (DCRA) purview. 

This transition will allow each agency to enhance their consumers’ experiences through promoting their health, safety, and quality of life.  The  drop down menus allow easy access to all the information quickly

The Department of Buildings (DOB) focuses on

  • Building Inspections
  • Code Enforcement
  • Construction Code Compliance
  • Green Building
  • Permitting 
  • Rental Property Maintenance Standards
  • Surveying of the District
  • Third-Party Inspections
  • Vacant and Blighted Property Enforcement
  • Zoning Administration

Residential permit

The permit wizard is an easy to use portal to get residential projects started. Access the permit wizard here.

Multi-unit residential and commercial permits Contact the DOB

 The Citizen Access Portal, commercial permitting, and plan review platform may be used to submit permit applications for multi-unit residential and commercial permit applications to DC.

Contact the DOB

 Call or use the chat feature at the bottom of the page here 

Learn more about The Department of Buildings (DOB) here 

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP)

  • Business Licensing
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate Registrations and Filings
  • Enforcement
  • Occupational and Professional Licensing
  • Small Business Resource Center
  • Special Events and Vending Enforcement
  • Weights and Measures

Looking for a business license

Choose the  licensing category, access the portal and follow the  steps here.

Small Business Resource Center (SBRC)

The SBRC is a one-stop-shop concierge service where aspiring and existing business owners can become equipped with the step-by-step process of navigating the District’s regulatory process, providing business owners with information, guidelines, and support, thereby identifying opportunities to succeed in today’s business environment. Access everything you need here.

Need to contact the DLCP?

Complete the form here , live chat with them, call (202) 671-4500, or email dlcp@dc.gov

Learn more about The Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) here 

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