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Transient Housing License
Washington DC does not have a specific legal frame for short-term rentals. However, a rental unit may fit in one of the transient housing categories. If so, it is required to obtain the corresponding license. This portal on the official website of the D.C. Government provides use definitions and information about the licensing procedures.
Basic Business Licence
Whichever the transient housing categories, rentals may obtained a Basic Business Licence. The registration and the fees payment can be processed online. Every applicant must complete the Basic Business Licence application and submit the supporting documents :
- Corporate registration
- Registration with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue : for more information, visit this page or call the Tax Customer Service Center at (202) 727-4829.
- Zoning Certificates : all applicants for a BBL need to provide a Certificate of Occupancy (if business operating out of an office location) or Home Occupation Permit (if business operating out of your home) to prove their compliance with the Building and Zoning Codes. For more information, please call the Office of the Zoning Administrator at (202) 442-4576.
- Clean-Hands Self-Certification
Certain licensing categories may require additional information or documents : to get more accurate information, visit this portal. Also, unincorporated business tax may be assessed on rental activities : for more help about business taxes, visit this page.
The District of Columbia levies a use tax on transient accommodations (Section 47-2002.2 (A) of the District of Columbia Official Code). For more information about the use tax, visit this page on the official website of the D. C. government.