- The Council of the District of Columbia is further authorized and empowered to make any regulations that may be necessary in furtherance of the purpose of this chapter and the Mayor is further authorized and empowered to suspend or revoke any license issued hereunder when, in his judgment, such is deemed desirable in the interest of public decency or the protection of lives, limbs, health, comfort, and quiet of the citizens of the District of Columbia, or for any other reason he may deem sufficient.
- (1) In accordance with § 2-509, the Mayor shall revoke the license of any licensee who knowingly has permitted on the licensed premises:
- The illegal sale, negotiation for sale, or use of any controlled substance as that term is defined in Chapter 9 of Title 48, or the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, approved October 27, 1970 (84 Stat. 1243; 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.);
- The possession, sale, or negotiation for sale of drug paraphernalia in violation of Chapter 11 of Title 48; or
- An act of prostitution as defined in [§ 22-2701.01(1)], or any act that violates any provision of [§§ 22-2701 through 22-2712 and 22-2718 through 22-2723].
- The Mayor, by rule, shall establish costs and fines to cover revocation of any license revoked pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection.
- Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this chapter requiring an inspection as a prerequisite to the issuance of a license, the Council is authorized to provide by regulation that any such inspection shall be made either prior or subsequent to the issuance of a license, but any such license, whether issued prior or subsequent to a required inspection, may be suspended or revoked for failure of the licensee to comply with the laws or regulations applicable to the licensed business, trade, profession, or calling.
- (1) The Council may in its discretion require that any class or subclass of licensees licensed under the authority of this chapter to engage in a business, trade, profession or calling involving an express or implied agreement to collect money for others shall give bond to safeguard against financial loss those persons with whom such class or subclass of licensees may so agree.
- The bond which may be required by the Council under the authority of this subsection shall be a corporate surety bond in an amount to be fixed by the Council, but not to exceed $15,000, conditioned upon the observance by the licensee and any agent or employee of said licensee of all laws and regulations in force in the District of Columbia applicable to the licensee's conduct of the business, trade, profession, or calling licensed under the authority of this chapter, for the benefit of any person who may suffer damages resulting from the violation of any such law or regulation by or on the part of such licensee, his agent, or employee.
- Any person aggrieved by the violation of any law or regulation applicable to a licensee's conduct of a business, trade, profession, or calling involving the collection of money for others shall have, in addition to his right of action against such licensee, a right to bring suit against the surety on the bond authorized by this subsection, either alone or jointly with the principal thereon, and to recover in an amount not exceeding the penalty of the bond any damages sustained by reason of any act, transaction, or conduct of the licensee and any agent or employee of said licensee which is in violation of law or regulation in force in the District of Columbia relating to the business, trade, profession, or calling licensed under this chapter; and the provisions of the 2nd, 3rd (except the last sentence thereof), and 5th paragraphs of subsection (b) of § 1-301.01 shall be applicable to such bond as if it were the bond authorized by the first paragraph of such subsection (b) of § 1- 301.01; provided, that nothing in this subsection shall be construed to impose upon the surety on any such bond a greater liability than the total amount thereof or the amount remaining unextinguished after any prior recovery or recoveries.
- This subsection shall not be applicable to persons when engaged in the regular course of any of the following professions or businesses:
- Persons regularly employed on a regular wage or salary, in the capacity of creditment or in a similar capacity, except as an independent contractor;
- Banks and financing and lending institutions;
- Common carriers;
- Title insurers and abstract companies while doing an escrow business;
- Licensed real estate brokers; or
- Employees of any class or subclass of licensees required to give bond under this subsection.
Historical and Statutory
1981 Ed., § 47-2844.
1973 Ed., § 47-2345.
Effect of Amendments
D.C. Law 16-81, in subpar. (a-1)(1)(A), substituted ";" for "; or"; in subpar. (a-1)(1)(B) substituted "; or" for "."; and added new subpar. (a-1) (1)(C).
Legislative History of Laws
For legislative history of D.C. Law 7-104, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 47-2801.
Law 8-231, the "General License Law Amendment Act of 1990," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 8-250, which was referred to the Committee on Finance and Revenue. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on December 4, 1990, and December 18, 1990, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 27, 1990, it was assigned Act No. 8-314 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.
Law 16-81, the "Nuisance Abatement Reform Amendment Act of 2006", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 16-80 which was referred to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on December 6, 2005, and January 4, 2006, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on January 26, 2006, it was assigned Act No. 16-267 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 16-81 became effective on April 4, 2006.
Delegation of Authority
Delegation of Authority under D.C. Official Code 47-2844(a), see Mayor's Order 2008-155, November 14, 2008 (55 DCR 12536).
Delegation of Authority pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 47-2844(a-1), see Mayor's Order 2009-163, September 25, 2009 (56 DCR 8090).
DC CODE § 47-2844
Current through December 11, 2012
(July 1, 1902, 32 Stat. 628, ch. 1352, § 7, par. 46; July 1, 1932, 47 Stat. 563, ch. 366; July 3, 1956, 70 Stat. 491, ch. 511, § 2; Sept. 1, 1959, 73 Stat. 447, Pub. L. 86-217, § 1; Apr. 22, 1960, 74 Stat. 72, Pub. L. 86- 431, § 4; Apr. 30, 1988, D.C. Law 7-104, § 43(e), 35 DCR 147; Mar. 8, 1991, D.C. Law 8-231, § 2, 38 DCR 257; enacted, Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11- 254, § 2, 44 DCR 1575; Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-81, § 5(b), 53 DCR 1050.)