Code of the District of Columbia

§ 47–2885.08. Licensing of pharmacies.

(a) The application for a pharmacy license shall be made on a form to be prescribed by the Mayor and shall be accompanied by the required fee. The license shall be valid for a period of time to be determined by the Mayor. No license fee shall be required for the operation of a pharmacy by the United States government or by the District of Columbia government.

(b) Application for renewal of a pharmacy license shall be made not later than 30 days before the expiration date of the license to avoid lapse. An additional fee for late filing not exceeding the amount of the renewal fee shall be established by the Mayor.

(c) Each pharmacy license issued shall apply only to the operation of the pharmacy at the location for which it is issued.

(d) A pharmacy license is not transferable.

(e) Whether or not the proprietor of a pharmacy is a pharmacist, the pharmacy license shall be issued in the name of the proprietor.

(f) When a pharmacy changes proprietorship, the license shall become void and shall be promptly surrendered to the Mayor, and a license shall be obtained by the new proprietor whether or not there is any change in the name of the pharmacy.

(g) Any license issued pursuant to this section shall be issued as a Public Health: Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals endorsement to a basic business license under the basic business license system as set forth in subchapter I-A of this chapter.


(Sept. 16, 1980, D.C. Law 3-98, § 9, 27 DCR 3528; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 2003(d), 46 DCR 3142; Oct. 28, 2003, D.C. Law 15-38, § 3(hh)(4)(Z), 50 DCR 6913; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 302, 59 DCR 6190.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-2008.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-2885.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-38, in subsec. (g), substituted “Public Health: Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals endorsement to a basic business license under the basic” for “Class A Public Health: Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals endorsement to a master business license under the master”.

Section 302 of D.C. Law 19-171 enacted this subchapter into law.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3(hh)(4)(Z) of Streamlining Regulation Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-145, August 11, 2003, 50 DCR 6896).