Presentation on theme: "Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs"— Presentation transcript:
1 Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs G O V E R N M E N T O F T H E D I S T R I C T O F C O L U M B I ADepartment of Consumer & Regulatory AffairsNICHOLAS A. MAJETT, DIRECTORWashington, DC Economic Partnership Doing Business 2.0Navigating the Regulatory ProcessDecember 12, 2012Venable LLP575 7th street, NW
2 Working Smarter, Working Faster, for DC Businesses. COME MEET THE NEW DCRA.DCRA is committed to providing you and your business with the services it needs to help keep the District of Columbia’s economic engine churning.On June 6, 2012, DCRA celebrated the first anniversary of the Small Business Resource Center which brings together government agencies, non-profits and the private sector to offer one-on-one business counseling and workshops specifically designed to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with navigating the District’s regulatory environment.Working Smarter, Working Faster, for DC Businesses.Vincent C. Gray, MayorNicholas A. Majett, Director
4 MISSIONThe mission of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is to protect the health, safety, economic interests, 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.
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 ofColumbia.
7 BPLA is the licensing and business compliance body of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). There are 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 customersvia our Small Business Resource Center (SBRC)
8 BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW NUMBER OF LICENSE CATEGORIES Issue licenses in 165 categoriesTop 5 licensing categoriesOne Family RentalHome Improvement ContractorsHome Improvement SalesmanRestaurantsGeneral Business
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 orPartnerships)Step 2: Registration with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (FR 500 Notice of Business TaxRegistration or the FR 164 for Non-profit Organizations)Step 3: Certificate of Occupancy (if operating out of an office location in the District) orHome Occupation Permit (if conducting business out of the home)Step 4: Clean hands certificationStep 5: BBL application
10 BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC LICENSING CATEGORIES Certain licensing categories require additional information to include:BondInsuranceCriminal History CheckOther District Agency Signatory Approval (i.e. Department of Health)
11 BUSINESS LICENSING OVERVIEW NUMBER OF LICENSE CATEGORIES New Business Licenses:- Approximately 10,870 processedRenewals (including online renewals):- Approximately 16,882 processedTotal Active Licenses:- Approximately 53,515
12 BUSINESS LICENSING DIVISION STATISTICS Number of Active Business Licenses: - Approximately 53,515 registeredNumber of Phone Calls: - Approximately 200 per dayWalk-In Customers: - Approximately 150 per dayOnline Renewals/Revenue-Approximately 2,839 transactions (FY2012)-Approximately $ 1,129,747Total Revenue: - Approximately $7 million in FY 2010Approximately $8 million in FY 2011- Approximately $12 million in FY 2012
14 CORPORATIONS DIVISION OVERVIEW The 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.
15 CORPORATIONS DIVISION PRIMARY PROGRAM OPERATIONS The Corporations Division registers and provides file maintenance services for the following:CORPORATIONS:- Business & Professional Corporations- Non- Profit CorporationsPARTNERSHIPS:- General Partnerships- Limited Partnerships- Limited Liability PartnershipsLIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIESBUSINESS TRUSTSCOOPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONSTRADE NAMES
16 CORPORATIONS DIVISION STATISTICS YTD (9/25/12) Number of Entities of Record: - Approximately 323,734 registeredNumber of Phone Calls: - Approximately 150 per dayWalk-In Customers: - Approximately 90 per dayOnline Filings Transactions/Revenue- Since 6/13/2011-Approximately 35,849 transactions-Approximately $ 6,616,429 millionTotal Corporate Transactions: - Approximately 85,000 in FY 2012Total Revenue: - Approximately $13.2 million
17 CORPORATIONS DIVISION STATISTICS BY YEAR New Businesses: - Approximately 11,000 registered annuallyCertified Documentation/Status Certificates: - Approximately 17,500 issued annuallyMiscellaneous/Amendments (other corporate filings): - Approximately 11,000 processed annuallyReports: - Approximately 56,000 processed annuallyTotal Transactions: - Approximately 85,000 processed annuallyActive Corporate Entities: - Approximately 75,000
19 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER OVERVIEW The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) provides workshops and one-on-one technical assistance to customers seeking assistance with navigating the District’s regulatory environment.
20 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER SERVICES Types of Services Offered to Customers in the SBRC:Business licensing application processBusiness formation (sole proprietors, LLC’s, partnerships, C & S Corps, cooperative associations, business trusts, and trade names)Pre -VenturesStart upsBuilding permitsCertificates of OccupancyDevelopment Ambassador ProgramPlan reviewsThird party reviewsBusiness planning preparationsLending preparationHow to start a business
21 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER PROVIDING ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS District GovernmentBusiness Licensing Division (BLD)Corporations Division (CORP)Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR)Permit Operations DivisionSBRC FacilitatorsDC Chamber of Commerce Foundation (DCCCF)DC Bar Pro Bono ProgramDC 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)
22 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT https://bizdc.ecenterdirect.comServices are available by appointment
23 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER WEBPAGE https://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com
24 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER STATISTICS & WHAT’S NEW Number of business development information sessions:- Approximately 135 in FY 2011- Approximately 425 in FY 2012Number of individual customers:- Approximately 90 in FY 2011- Approximately 250 in FY 2012
26 Corporations Division News: BPLA UPDATESCorporations Division News:Implemented new corporate law 1/1/2012Launched expanded online services site 1/1/2012Business License Division News:Online submission (OSUB) Phase 2.0 for new business license applications roll-out by 10/31/2012Small Business Resource Center News:New partnerships in FY 2013:Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)DCRA’s Vending Division
27 Small Business Resource Center News: Workshops Scheduled in FY 2013: BPLA UPDATES CON’TSmall Business Resource Center News:Workshops Scheduled in FY 2013:Federation of DC Public Librarians Corporate OverviewCM Barry’s Ward 8 Arts & Cultural Committee Corporate OverviewAnacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Fast Tack Panel DiscussionFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)DCRA’s Weights & Measures Octane Gas OverviewDCRA’s Weights & Measures Farmer Markets OverviewDC Bar Pro Bono Clinic
28 DCRA is moving in the right direction DCRA is moving in the right direction. As we continue to expand online services, in concert with new process improvements, we are making it easier for businesses to conduct business in the District, to achieve Mayor Gray’s vision of a healthy environment where small businesses flourish,“One City.”