Navigating the Regulatory Process


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Director of DCRA, Nicholas Majett's presentation on how to obtain a business license and registration in the District

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Navigating the Regulatory Process

  1. 1. Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs NICHOLAS A. MAJETT, DIRECTORWashington, DC Economic Partnership Doing Business 2.0 Navigating the Regulatory Process December 12, 2012 Venable LLP 575 7th street, NW
  2. 2. DCRA is committed to providing you and yourbusiness with the services it needs to help keep the District of Columbia’seconomic engine churning. On June 6, 2012, DCRA celebrated the first Working Smarter, anniversary of the Small Business Resource Center Working Faster, for DC which brings togethergovernment agencies, non- Businesses. profits and the privatesector to offer one-on-one business counseling and workshops specifically designed to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with navigating the District’s regulatory environment. Vincent C. Gray, Mayor Nicholas A. Majett, Director 2
  3. 3. DCRA Offices 1100 Fourth St., S.WWashington, D.C. 20024 3
  4. 4. MISSION The mission of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is to protect the health, safety, economicinterests, and quality of life of residents, businesses, and visitors in the District of Columbia by issuing licenses and permits, conducting inspections, enforcing building, housing, and safety codes, regulating land use and development, and providing consumer education and advocacy services. 4
  6. 6. BUSINESS LICENSING DIVISON MISSION The Business Licensing Division (BLD) is responsible for theprocess, issuance and renewal of business licenses for citizens and entities seeking to conduct business in the District of Columbia. 6
  7. 7. BPLA is the licensing and business compliance body of theDepartment of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Thereare six (6) divisions and/or programs within the administration: Business Licensing Division (BLD) Corporations Division (CORPD) Occupational and Professional Licensing Division (OPLD) Regulatory Investigations Section (RID) Special Events and Vending (SE&V) Weights and Measures Division (WMD) In addition BPLA began offering services to our customers via our Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) 7
  8. 8. BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW NUMBER OF LICENSE CATEGORIES Issue licenses in 165 categories Top 5 licensing categories One Family Rental Home Improvement Contractors Home Improvement Salesman Restaurants General Business 8
  9. 9. BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW BASIC LICENSING REQUIREMENTS Before an application for a business license can be received, there are some basic requirements:Step 1: Corporate Registration (if operating as a Corporate entity i.e. corps., LLCs or Partnerships)Step 2: Registration with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (FR 500 Notice of Business Tax Registration or the FR 164 for Non-profit Organizations)Step 3: Certificate of Occupancy (if operating out of an office location in the District) or Home Occupation Permit (if conducting business out of the home)Step 4: Clean hands certificationStep 5: BBL application 9
  10. 10. BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC LICENSING CATEGORIES Certain licensing categories require additional information to include:  Bond  Insurance  Criminal History Check  Other District Agency Signatory Approval (i.e. Department of Health) 10
  11. 11. BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW NUMBER OF LICENSE CATEGORIES New Business Licenses: - Approximately 10,870 processed Renewals (including online renewals): - Approximately 16,882 processed Total Active Licenses: - Approximately 53,515 11
  12. 12. BUSINESS LICENSING DIVISION STATISTICS Number of Active Business Licenses: - Approximately 53,515 registered Number of Phone Calls: - Approximately 200 per day Walk-In Customers: - Approximately 150 per day Online Renewals/Revenue -Approximately 2,839 transactions (FY2012) -Approximately $ 1,129,747 Total Revenue: - Approximately $7 million in FY 2010 - Approximately $8 million in FY 2011 - Approximately $12 million in FY 2012 12
  14. 14. CORPORATIONS DIVISION OVERVIEWThe Corporations Division is responsible for the examination,custody and maintenance of the legal documents filed bycorporations, partnerships, limited liability companies,cooperative associations, business trusts and trade names.The Superintendent of Corporations also serves as the Mayor’sAgent for service of Process for businesses that are defunct, orfail to maintain an agent in the District or are operating in theDistrict without proper registration. 14
  15. 15. CORPORATIONS DIVISION PRIMARY PROGRAM OPERATIONS The Corporations Division registers and provides file maintenance services for the following:  CORPORATIONS: - Business & Professional Corporations - Non- Profit Corporations  PARTNERSHIPS: - General Partnerships - Limited Partnerships - Limited Liability Partnerships  LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES  BUSINESS TRUSTS  COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONS  TRADE NAMES 15
  16. 16. CORPORATIONS DIVISION STATISTICS YTD (9/25/12) Number of Entities of Record: - Approximately 323,734 registered Number of Phone Calls: - Approximately 150 per day Walk-In Customers: - Approximately 90 per day Online Filings Transactions/Revenue- Since 6/13/2011 -Approximately 35,849 transactions -Approximately $ 6,616,429 million Total Corporate Transactions: - Approximately 85,000 in FY 2012 Total Revenue: - Approximately $13.2 million 16
  17. 17. CORPORATIONS DIVISION STATISTICS BY YEAR New Businesses: - Approximately 11,000 registered annually Certified Documentation/Status Certificates: - Approximately 17,500 issued annually Miscellaneous/Amendments (other corporate filings): - Approximately 11,000 processed annually Reports: - Approximately 56,000 processed annually Total Transactions: - Approximately 85,000 processed annually Active Corporate Entities: - Approximately 75,000 17
  19. 19. SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER OVERVIEWThe Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) provides workshops and one-on-one technical assistance to customers seeking assistance with navigating the District’s regulatory environment. 19
  20. 20. SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER SERVICES Types of Services Offered to Customers in the SBRC: – Business licensing application process – Business formation (sole proprietors, LLC’s, partnerships, C & S Corps, cooperative associations, business trusts, and trade names) – Pre -Ventures – Start ups – Building permits – Certificates of Occupancy – Development Ambassador Program – Plan reviews – Third party reviews – Business planning preparations – Lending preparation – How to start a business 20
  21. 21. SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER PROVIDING ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS District Government – Business Licensing Division (BLD) – Corporations Division (CORP) – Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) – Permit Operations Division SBRC Facilitators – DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation (DCCCF) – DC Bar Pro Bono Program – DC Women’s Business Center (DCWBC) – Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Latino Economic Development Corporation LEDC) – Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) – Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) 21
  22. 22. SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT • Services are available by appointment 22
  24. 24. SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER STATISTICS & WHAT’S NEW Number of business development information sessions: - Approximately 135 in FY 2011 - Approximately 425 in FY 2012 Number of individual customers: - Approximately 90 in FY 2011 - Approximately 250 in FY 2012 24
  26. 26. BPLA UPDATES Corporations Division News: – Implemented new corporate law 1/1/2012 – Launched expanded online services site 1/1/2012 Business License Division News: – Online submission (OSUB) Phase 2.0 for new business license applications roll-out by 10/31/2012 Small Business Resource Center News: – New partnerships in FY 2013: • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) • DCRA’s Vending Division 26
  27. 27. BPLA UPDATES CON’T Small Business Resource Center News: – Workshops Scheduled in FY 2013:  Federation of DC Public Librarians Corporate Overview  CM Barry’s Ward 8 Arts & Cultural Committee Corporate Overview  Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Fast Tack Panel Discussion  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)  DCRA’s Weights & Measures Octane Gas Overview  DCRA’s Weights & Measures Farmer Markets Overview  DC Bar Pro Bono Clinic 27
  28. 28. DCRA is moving in the right direction. As we continueto expand online services, in concert with newprocess improvements, we are making it easier forbusinesses to conduct business in the District, toachieve Mayor Gray’s vision of a healthyenvironment where small businesses flourish,“One City.” 28
  29. 29. QUESTIONS 29