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What is the timeline for a license to be issued?

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016 10:04AM EDT
Please review the following for more information on when your license and/or Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

Rental Property License Applications (not requiring a Certificate of Occupancy)
Applies to Condos, Coops and Single Family Homes or Multi-Unit Buildings in which you already had a Certificate of Occupancy issues in the ownership's name.

New applications are submitted to DC Government every Friday morning (or the next business day in the event of a holiday or Government closure) with most licenses issued within 14 days from the date of submission. Please note on occasion processing times by DC Government can sometimes take longer. For owners of condos, coops, single family homes and 2 unit properties your inspection will take place after the license is issued.

Rental Property License Applications (Requiring a Certificate of Occupancy)
Applies only to properties with 2 or more units (not a condo or coop)

New applications are submitted to DC Government every Friday (or the next business day in the event of a holiday or Government closure). Licenses will be issued within one week after a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.

Certificate of Occupancy - Change of Ownership

Applications for Certificates of Occupancy begin processing with DC once all materials have been received (including Notarized Authorizations, a copy of your HUD1 or Deed, and a copy of the previous CO). Application submissions to DC Government generally commence on Fridays (or the next business day in the event of a holiday or Government closure). If the previous owners Certificate of Occupancy was issued less than 10 years from now then the new CO will generally be issued within one week of receipt of all documents. If the previous CO is older than 10 years old a zoning inspection will be required before issuance and can take 30 days. The inspection date will entirely depend on the inspection calendar of DC. Issuance of the CO will generally take place within one week of passing the inspection with the license issuance shortly thereafter. 

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