District of Columbia – DCRA Business License Amnesty Program Ends February 29

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The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Business License Amnesty Program, which allows businesses (including District community associations) to become compliant with DC regulations requiring business licenses and corporate registrations without penalties, late fees, or delinquent filing fees, expires Monday, February 29.

All businesses within the District of Columbia, operating with an expired license, or without a license, qualify to participate in the Amnesty Program.

According to the DCRA website, condominium unit owners associations are not require to maintain a general business license if the facilities or services provided by the Association are offered only to unit owners and not the general public.

But, if a condominium unit owners association provides or offers any services to the general public (i.e., swimming pool), a general business license is required.  All cooperative associations must obtain a Basic Business License.

Late fees will not be imposed upon businesses that take advantage of the program, which may result in hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in savings to an association.

More information about the program can be found here.  Answers to frequently asked questions about licensure for nonprofit organizations and associations can be found here.

If you have questions about whether your condominium, cooperative or homeowners association is required to be licensed by DCRA, contact an experienced attorney for advice and counsel.


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