Code of the District of Columbia

Part B. Fees; Notices.


§ 6–703.01. Fees for inspection of buildings; fees for annual hauling permits for certain multiaxle motor vehicles.

(a) The Mayor of the District of Columbia is authorized and directed, from time to time, to prescribe a schedule of fees to be paid for inspecting passenger elevators and for inspecting hotels, public halls, moving-picture shows, theaters, and other places of amusement which are required to have annual licenses, and for inspecting buildings which are required by law to have fire escapes; and he is further authorized and directed to impose fees for all inspections of service to be performed by any public officer or employee of the District of Columbia under any law or regulation in force July 11, 1919, or thereafter enacted; said fees to cover the cost and expense of such inspections or service; and a schedule of such fees shall be printed and conspicuously displayed in the office of the said Mayor, and said fees shall be paid to the Collector of Taxes, District of Columbia, and paid for each fiscal year into the General Fund of the District of Columbia. Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding sentence, in the case of a single unit motor vehicle which has 3 or more axles and is designed to unload itself and which is operated in the District of Columbia under an annual hauling permit of the District of Columbia, the fee for such permit shall be as follows:

(1) $680 if such motor vehicle is first placed in service after July 1, 1970;

(2) If such motor vehicle is in service on or before July 1, 1970, and operated at a gross weight:

(A) In excess of the weight permitted under normal operations under applicable regulations of the Mayor of the District of Columbia but less than 50,000 pounds, a fee of $380;

(B) Of 50,000 pounds or more but less than 55,000 pounds, a fee of $480;

(C) Of 55,000 pounds or more but less than 60,000 pounds, a fee of $580; or

(D) Of 60,000 pounds or more, not to exceed 65,000 pounds, a fee of $680.

(b) The Mayor of the District of Columbia is authorized to increase, from time to time, the fees prescribed by paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of this section, taking into account expenditures for the purpose of repairing or replacing highway structures and roadway pavements requiring such repair or replacement as a result of the operation of the motor vehicles for which hauling permit fees are prescribed under the preceding sentence. Proceeds from fees from annual hauling permits for such vehicles shall be deposited in the highway fund created by § 47-2301.


(July 11, 1919, 41 Stat. 69, ch. 7; Feb. 22, 1921, 41 Stat. 1144, ch. 70, § 7; June 28, 1944, 58 Stat. 533, ch. 300, § 18; Jan. 5, 1971, 84 Stat. 1930, Pub. L. 91-650, title I, § 104(a); May 10, 1989, D.C. Law 7-231, § 17, 36 DCR 492; Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 9036, 58 DCR 6226.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-516.

1973 Ed., § 5-316.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 6-703.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-21, in subsec. (a), substituted “General Fund” for “Treasury of the United States to the credit of the General Fund”.

Cross References

Fees collected by District, disposition, see § 47

Editor's Notes

Office of Collector of Taxes abolished: The Office of the Collector of Taxes was abolished and the functions thereof transferred to the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia by Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1952. All functions of the Office of the Collector of Taxes including the functions of all officers, employees and subordinate agencies were transferred to the Director, Department of General Administration by Reorganization Order No. 3, dated August 28, 1952. Reorganization Order No. 20, dated November 10, 1952, transferred the functions of the Collector of Taxes to the Finance Office. The same Order provided for the Office of the Collector of Taxes headed by a Collector in the Finance Office and abolished the previously existing Office of the Collector of Taxes. Reorganization Order No. 20 was superseded and replaced by Organization Order No. 121, dated December 12, 1957, which provided that the Finance Office, consisting of the Office of the Finance Officer, Property Tax Division, Revenue Division, Treasury Division, Accounting Division, and Data Processing Division, would continue under the direction and control of the Director of General Administration, and that the Treasury Division would perform the function of collecting revenues of the District of Columbia and depositing the same with the Treasurer of the United States. Organization Order No. 121 was revoked by Organization Order No. 3, dated December 13, 1967, Part IVC of which prescribed the functions of the Finance Office within a newly established Department of General Administration. The executive functions of the Board of Commissioners were transferred to the Commissioner of the District of Columbia by § 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967. Functions of the Finance Office as stated in Part IVC of Organization Order No. 3 were transferred to the Director of the Department of Finance and Revenue by Commissioner’s Order No. 69-96 dated March 7, 1969.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to An Act Making Appropriations to Provide for the Expenses of the Government of D.C. for the FY Ending June 30, 1920 and for Other Purposes; and to the License Fees and Charges Act of 1976, see Mayor’s Order 99-158, October 13,

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 6–703.02. Interstate agreement concerning hauling permit fees for certain multiaxle motor vehicles.

The Mayor of the District of Columbia may enter into an interstate agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia or with the State of Maryland, or with both, which shall stipulate that any person: (1) who operates in the District of Columbia and in the state which is a party to the agreement a single unit motor vehicle which has 3 or more axles and which is designed to unload itself; (2) who has registered that motor vehicle in the District of Columbia or in that state; and (3) who but for the agreement is required to pay the fee for an annual hauling permit prescribed by § 6-703.01, and a similar fee imposed on the motor vehicle by that state, shall not be required to pay a fee described in clause (3) of this section which is imposed by a jurisdiction other than the jurisdiction in which the motor vehicle is registered. If the Mayor enters into an interstate agreement under this section, he may adjust the annual hauling permit fees of the District of Columbia referred to in clause (3) of this section so that the total amount of fees (including registration and inspection fees) required for the operation in the District of Columbia and in each state which is a party to such agreement of the vehicles referred to in clause (1) of this section shall be uniform.


(June 30, 1972, 86 Stat. 392, Pub. L. 92-327, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-517.

1973 Ed., § 5-316a.

Cross References

Motor vehicles and traffic, operators’ permits, registration, exemption of nonresidents, see § 50-1401.02.


§ 6–703.03. Regulations authorized concerning means of egress and fire safety appliances.

The Council of the District of Columbia, for protection against fire, is hereby authorized, after public hearing, to promulgate regulations to require the owner entitled to the beneficial use, rental, or control of any building now existing or hereafter erected, other than a private dwelling, which is 3 or more stories or over 30 feet in height, or is used as a hospital, school, asylum, sanitarium, convalescent home, or for similar use, or as a place of amusement, public assembly, restaurant, or for similar use, to provide, install and maintain sufficient and suitable means of egress, guide signs, guide lights, exit lights, hall and stairway lights, standpipes, fire extinguishers, alarm gongs and striking stations, and such other appliances as the Council may deem necessary for such buildings.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1083, ch. 818, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-518.

1973 Ed., § 5-317.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 6-703.04, § 6-703.05, § 6-703.06, § 6-703.07, § 6-703.08, and § 6-703.09.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(119) Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 6–703.04. Occupancy after receipt of notice.

It shall be unlawful for any person to occupy any building 30 days after notice in writing from the Mayor of the District of Columbia or his designated agents that the owner entitled to the beneficial use, rental, or control of any building has failed or neglected to comply with the notice provided for by § 6-703.05 to provide any such building with means of egress or appliances required by the regulations promulgated by the Council of the District of Columbia under § 6-703.03.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1083, ch. 818, § 2.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-519.

1973 Ed., § 5-318.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 6–703.05. Notice requiring installation of means of egress or fire safety appliances.

The notice from the Mayor of the District of Columbia requiring the erection of means of egress and other appliances required by the regulations promulgated under § 6-703.03 shall specify the character and number of means of egress or other appliances to be provided, the location of the same, and the time within which said means of egress or other appliances shall be provided, and in no case shall more than 90 days be allowed for compliance with said notice unless the Mayor shall, in his discretion, deem it necessary to extend their time.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1084, ch. 818, § 3.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-520.

1973 Ed., § 5-319.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 6-703.04 and § 6-703.08.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 6–703.06. Violation of §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09.

Any owner entitled to the beneficial use, rental, or control of any building failing or neglecting to provide means of egress, guide signs, guide lights, exit lights, hall and stairway lights, standpipes, fire extinguishers, alarm gongs and striking stations, or other appliances required by the regulations promulgated under §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09 after notice from the Mayor of the District of Columbia or his designated agents so to do, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $100 per day for each and every day he fails to comply with such notice. Any person violating any other provision of §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09 or regulations promulgated hereunder shall be punished, upon conviction thereof, by a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $100 per day for each and every day such violation exists.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1084, ch. 818, § 4.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-521.

1973 Ed., § 5-320.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 6–703.07. Service of notice.

Any notice required by §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09 shall be deemed to have been served if delivered to the person to be notified or left with any adult person at the usual residence or place of business of the person to be notified in the District of Columbia, or, if no such residence or place of business can be found in said District of Columbia by reasonable search, if left with any adult person at the office of any agent of the person to be notified, provided such agent has any authority or duty with reference to the building to which said notice relates, or, if no such office can be found in said District, by reasonable search, if forwarded by registered mail or by certified mail to the last known address of the person to be notified and not returned by the post office authorities, or, if no address be known or can by reasonable diligence be ascertained, or if any notice forwarded as authorized by the preceding clause of this section be returned by the post office authorities, if published on 10 consecutive days in a daily newspaper published in the District of Columbia, or, if by reason of an outstanding unrecorded transfer of title, the name of the owner in fact cannot be ascertained beyond a reasonable doubt, if served on the owner of record in the manner hereinbefore provided or delivered to the agent, trustee, executor, or other legal representative of the estate of such person. Any notice to a corporation shall, for the purposes of §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09, be deemed to have been served on such corporation if served on the president, secretary, treasurer, general manager, or any principal officer of such corporation in the manner hereinbefore provided for the services of notices on natural persons holding property in their own right, or if no such officer can be found in said District by reasonable search, then by publication for 10 consecutive days in a daily newspaper published in the District of Columbia, and notice to a foreign corporation shall, for the purposes of §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09, be deemed to have been served if served on any agent of such corporation personally or if left with any person of suitable age and discretion residing at the usual residence or employed at the usual place of business of such agent in the District of Columbia, or if published on 10 consecutive days in a daily newspaper published in the District of Columbia.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1084, ch. 818, § 5; June 11, 1960, 74 Stat. 203, Pub. L. 86-507, § 1(44).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-522.

1973 Ed., § 5-321.

Cross References

Documentary evidence, prima facie evidence of delivery, certified mail return receipts, see § 14-506.


§ 6–703.08. Failure of owner to comply with notice.

In case of failure or refusal of the owner entitled to the beneficial use, rental, or control of any building required by the regulations promulgated under §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09 to comply with the requirements of the notice provided for in § 6-703.05, the Mayor of the District of Columbia or his designated agents are hereby empowered to cause such construction and installation of means of egress and other appliances mentioned in the notice provided for, and the Mayor is hereby authorized to assess the costs thereof as a tax against the buildings on which they are erected and the ground on which the same stands, said assessment to bear interest at the rate and be collected in the manner provided in § 47-1205.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1084, ch. 818, § 6.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-523.

1973 Ed., § 5-322.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 6–703.09. Injunction to restrain use of building in violation of §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09.

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia, in term time or in vacation, may upon a petition of the District of Columbia filed by its said Mayor, issue an injunction to restrain the use or occupation of any building in the District of Columbia in violation of any of the provisions of §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09 or of the regulations promulgated under §§ 6-703.03 to 6-703.09 by the owner, lessee, or occupant.


(Dec. 24, 1942, 56 Stat. 1085, ch. 818, § 7; June 25, 1948, 62 Stat. 991, ch. 646, § 32(b); May 24, 1949, 63 Stat. 107, ch. 139, § 127; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 571, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 155(c)(17).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-524.

1973 Ed., § 5-323.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.