The Certificate of Occupancy is needed to ensure that the use of a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia conforms to the following 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 Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
A Washington DC Certificate of Occupancy certifies that any building or structure in the District of Columbia is compliant with DC code. Any individual or entity that is using a building or structure in DC is required to have a Certificate of Occupancy. This rule does not apply to homeowners.
There are six types of Certificate of Occupancy applications as seen below:
DCRA currently no longer accept in-person Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) applications (effective since Wednesday, February 26, 2020). Please apply online for a Change of Ownership Certificate of Occupancy application. For all other types of application, please email your Certificate of Occupancy Application and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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