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A recent reminder e-mail from ABC-Metro Washington highlighted that the licensing regulations for the District of Columbia have changed dramatically.  Traditionally, the District of Columbia only required that home improvement contractors have a license.  That has changed.  The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs now requires that general contractors and construction managers have licenses as well.  The District has imposed a series of classes of licenses that each cap the maximum value of a single project until Class A is reached which has no cap.  Each class has varying insurance requirements.

The new requirements apply to not just residential, but all commercial, industrial, governmental and other jobs.  The imposition of license requirements on construction managers is certainly of note.  We have heard of regulatory bodies taking the view that owner's representatives who are not actually in the contractual food chain and not self-performing work did not need a license.  The District has eliminated this argument.