Code of the District of Columbia

§ 47–2844.01. Cease and desist orders.

(a)(1) When a board, or the Mayor, after investigation but prior to a hearing, has cause to believe that a person is violating any provision of this chapter and the violation has caused or may cause immediate and irreparable harm to the public, the board or the Mayor may issue an order requiring the alleged violator to cease and desist immediately from the violation. The order shall be served by certified mail or delivery in person.

(2) A copy of the cease and desist order shall be served on the holder of a certificate of occupancy for the premises and on the property owner of record if each of these persons or entities are separate and distinct from the licensee.

(b)(1) The alleged violator may, within 15 days of the service of the order, submit a written request to the board to hold a hearing on the alleged violation.

(2) Upon receipt of a timely request, the board shall conduct a hearing and render a decision pursuant to § 47-2853.22.

(c)(1) The alleged violator may, within 10 days of the service of an order, submit a written request to the board for an expedited hearing on the alleged violation, in which case he or she shall waive his or her right to the 15-day notice required by subsection (b)(1) of this section.

(2) Upon receipt of a timely request for an expedited hearing, the board shall conduct a hearing within 10 days of the date of receiving the request and shall deliver to the alleged violator at his or her last known address a written notice of the hearing by any means guaranteed to be received at least 5 days before the hearing date.

(3) The board shall issue a decision within 30 days after an expedited hearing.

(d) If a request for a hearing is not made pursuant to subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the order of the board to cease and desist shall be final.

(e) If, after a hearing, the board determines that the alleged violator is not in violation of this subchapter, the board shall vacate the order to cease and desist.

(f) If any person fails to comply with a lawful order of a board issued pursuant to this section, the board may petition the court to issue an order compelling compliance or take any other action authorized by this chapter.


(Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-81, § 5(c), 53 DCR 1050.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-2853.08 and § 47-2853.17.