NAICS CODE: 711190-1 A public entertainment consisting typically of a variety of performances by acrobats, clowns, and trained animals, to which an admission is charged, directly or indirectly, other than those used for athletic exhibitions.
NAICS DESCRIPTION: A public entertainment consisting typically of a variety of performances by acrobats, clowns, and trained animals, to which an admission is charged, directly or indirectly, other than those used for athletic exhibitions.
Endorsement Class: Entertainment Services
Legal Authority: DC Code: 47-2825 DC Municipal Regulations, Title 19
License Duration: Two (2) Years
License Available Online: No
Category License Fee: $158.00 per day
Application Fee: $70.00
Endorsement Fee: $25.00
Technology Fee: 10 percent of total
Step-by-Step Application Requirements
STEP ONE : Zoning Compliance
Certificate of Occupancy/Home Occupancy for Compliance for Zoning Regulations
Before applying for your BBL, you'll need a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or a Home Occupation Permit for the location where your business is conducted to demonstrate that your business does not conflict with building and zoning codes. (If your business is located in an office building, you may operate under the umbrella of the C of O issued to the owner of the building, as long as the C of O was issued for the entire building; check with your building owner or management company for the C of O holder name, number, and issue date.) If you have any questions about Certificates of Occupancy, please call Permit Operations Customer Service at (202) 442-4589.
NOTE: You DO NOT need to attach a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy to your application. You DO need to provide C of O number and issue date on your application.
STEP TWO: Corporate Registration
Corporation Division Requirements
If you are a corporation, partnership or limited liability company you must be registered in the District and in good standing. For instructions on how to register, please go to DCRA Corporate Registration Information Center. If you are a sole proprietor, no registration is necessary and you can skip this step. For more information, please call the Corporation Division at (202) 442-4432.
If you are not a resident of the District of Columbia, you'll need to appoint a Resident Agent or an Attorney-in-Fact who lives or works in an office in the District, who will be the official recipient of any financial, process, or legal notices that we need to send to you. If you are not a DC resident, please complete the Certified Resident Agent Appointment Form.
Every corporation needs to have a registered agent office in the District of Columbia. This office can but does not need to be the same as your place of business. Foreign corporations doing business in DC need to certify that their named registered agent is duly authorized to represent that corporation.
If your business uses a Trade Name, you'll need to register the name with DCRA and indicate both the trade name and the official business name (including its corporation, LLC, or partnership classification) if applicable.
STEP THREE: Taxes
Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) Registration
Before applying for your BBL, you'll also need to register your business with OTR and submit a copy of your tax registration certificate with your application. If you're not already registered, simply complete and file a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR500). You get all the necessary forms and submit your application online at the Business Tax Service Center. For more information, please call the Tax Customer Center at (202) 727-4829.
STEP FOUR: Clean Hands Certification
You'll also need to certify that you don't owe more than $100 to the District of Columbia government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes through completion of a Clean Hands form provided in your BBL application package. A signed form from the Office of Tax and Revenue may also be required.
STEP FIVE: Basic Business License Application
To make sure you get your BBL as quickly as possible, you must submit a properly completed Basic Business License Application after completing steps 1 through 4. All of your responses should be printed clearly in English.
Note on PDF Forms: To download and fill out the Basic Business License Application form you should open the form and save to your desktop. We recommend you also rename the form as you save to your desktop. For most users, you should be able to save your work. If you cannot, you should print the form before closing.
STEP SIX: Specific Category Requirements
Mayor’s Special Events Task Group
Submit a written request to the Mayor’s Special Events Task Group in writing a description of the event within a minimum of sixty (60) business days prior to the proposed scheduled date of the event. MSETG is located at 2720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE or via fax on (202) 673- 2290.
Special Events Application - Questionnaire
You must obtain a Special Events License before you can have a special event on public space in the District of Columbia, whether you are for-profit or a non-profit organization. The Special Events License application must be submitted at least 15 working days (45-60 days is recommended) prior to the date of the event to: Special Events-Vending Coordinator at (202) 442-4311.
A copy of the site plan must be submitted with your application. Describing (if applicable) the stage construction, size and materials. Also submit a letter which describes the location, date(s) and time the event will be held and must indicate the date and time you plan to complete the construction and to set-up the sales booths, equipment, amusement rides, etc. The determination of your set-up date is crucial to the process of issuing a license. Careful planning is necessary. On that date, your site will be inspected, and must be approved by food service, plumbing, construction, electrical and fire safety inspectors.
Submit a ”consent list” of 90 percent of the resident housekeepers and occupants of business establishments within a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the perimeter of the lot where the activity will take place. The list must contain the name and street address, in numerical order of the residents and business occupants who have consented to the activity by providing their signature on the list. Each petition page of the list shall contain at the top, in capital letters, a detailed explanation of the proposed activity including the dates and hours the activity will take place.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
If a street closing is needed, submit copy of application for street closing from the Emergency Management Agency, 2000 14th Street, NW, 8th Floor. For additional information, please call (202) 481-3016.
Department of Parks and Recreation
If your event requires the use of any District of Columbia parks or recreation facilities, you must obtain a permit from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, 3140 16th Street, NW. For additional information, please call (202) 673-7646.
Metropolitan Police Department
You must obtain permits for parades, walks, runs, bike rides, marches, rallies, demonstrations, and protests from the Special Operations Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, 2301 L Street, NW. For additional information, please call (202) 671-6522.
Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services
If your event includes any type of fireworks display, you must obtain permits for the use of fireworks from the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services – Office of the Fire Marshall. To begin the permit application process, please contact: the Office of the Fire Marshall at (202) 727-1600.
DCRA Permits Division
A temporary electrical permit is required when electrical work is involved. Only a District licensed and bonded electrical contractor can obtain such permits. Also, if the set-up will include construction of a tent, stands or booths, a construction permit is required. For more information, visit dcra.dc.gov.
Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulation
If you plan to have any type of alcoholic beverages at the event, you must obtain a license from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulation Administration, 941 North Capitol Street, NE. For additional information, contact (202) 442-4423.
STEP SEVEN: Additional Business Activities
If you conduct more than one business activity (endorsement type), you'll need to indicate those activities on your BBL application. You might have any number of additional business activities connected to this particular license endorsement.
Special Notes: If your business includes any of the above endorsement activities, you can get additional fact sheets and application forms by contacting DCRA's License Center at (202) 442-4311, or by email at email@example.com.