COVID-19 Update - March 24, 2020

7:30 PM - We are sharing the official Mayor's Order just released. 

Construction work is considered essential work.

Please adhere to all the additional health and safety requirements as outlined in this public health and public emergency. We will continue to provide you updates

Dear DCBIA Community,

DC will expand the definitions of non-essential businesses, which will need to close during this public health emergency, to include personal services: salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and tanning salons, similar to the changes announced yesterday in Maryland and Virginia.

Earlier today, the Mayor has also signaled she will formally further expand the definition of non-essential businesses to include non-food retail such as clothing stores. Essential retailers, which will remain open, will include: grocery, pharmacy, hardware, and liquor stores.

We will share the official updated essential business definitions with you as soon as we receive it.

DC Small Business Grant Application ($25M) 

The application process for small business grants. Application process will be open until Tuesday, March 31.

DCRA Virtual Town Hall

To protect their employees, the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will close their customer center and offices to the public beginning tomorrow. They are planning to move all in-person services online to stay operational at the same level as best they can, including offering “video consultations” for construction projects greater than 1,000 sq. ft. Construction can continue and DCRA also plans to continue to hold inspections.

We have specific questions about how DCRA and sister agencies are handling permit and fee payments to ensure construction continues as safely as possible.

Please share your questions or concerns with us too.

DCRA Virtual Town Hall for Building Department Stakeholders

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm via WebEx.

Given the unprecedented nature of the current public health emergency, DCRA is scheduling a call to provide you with the latest updates and answer any questions you may have.

Call Agenda:

  1. Introductory remarks
  2. How to best communicate with DCRA
  3. Digital Walk-Through Permits
    1. Homeowners Center
    2. Residential Center
    3. Commercial Projects
  4. Zoning
  5. Surveyors Office
  6. DDOE and Walk-Through Permits
  7. DDOT
  8. DC Water
  9. Q & A

To join by phone:
Call: 1(650) 479-3208 

  • Enter meeting number (access code): 471 277 358    
  • Enter meeting password: m5gAbdTZQ72     

To join from a video system or application:

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

For questions on how to access the WebEx, please email

 Continue to check updates at

Updates to DC government operational status by agency are here.

DCBIA is preparing for a live DCBIA webinar on Thursday, March 26 at noon to answer your questions on COVID-19 response. Visit us on Instagram for more details.

Take care of yourself and each other.


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