The purpose of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is to ensure that the use of building, structure or land in the District of Columbia conforms to the city’s Zoning Regulations. In most cases, no person can use a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia for any purpose other than a single family dwelling until a valid C of O has been issued.
For contractors whose offices are in DC, you must have a C of O in order to get your license. This requirement does not apply to those whose offices are in another state.
To apply for a C of O, you would complete the C of O application form located here and follow the directions listed .
Applications must be submitted in person at DCRA’s Permit Center which is located at 1100 4th Street SW, Second Floor.
DCRA does not accept applications and payments that are mailed.
Contact us for help in getting your C of O.