From DCRAs Communications Team
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Reminds Residents of Requirements for Fireworks Sales
Washington, DC – July 4 and fireworks go hand-in-hand for many people.
While beautiful to behold, fireworks can be very dangerous.
The District of Columbia regulates fireworks sales and two agencies have
primary responsibility for making sure fireworks are sold and enjoyed in a
safe and legal manner – the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
(DCRA) and the D.C. Fire/EMS Department.
All businesses that store or sell fireworks – in a temporary or permanent
structure – must have posted a valid Basic Business License and
Certificate of Occupancy – both issued by DCRA. Consumers can report a
business or individual that is selling fireworks without this license by
The agency requires any temporary structure that stores or retails
fireworks to be inspected by DCRA and that structure be taken down by
midnight, July 5.
It is illegal for a business or individual to sell fireworks on public
In addition to DCRA regulations, in order to sell any legal fireworks in
the District of Columbia a business must get a permit from the D.C.
Fire/EMS Department’s Fire Prevention Division. This Web site also has
information about fireworks safety. You may also contact the DC Fire/EMS
Department Fire Prevention Division at 202-727-1600 or 202-727-1614.
For more information about DCRA fireworks requirements visit the Basic
Business License section at dcra.dc.gov or call 202-442-4400.
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs protects 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