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Zimmerman's Research Guide


District of Columbia - Executive Branch - Agencies, Offices and Services

The District of Columbia's Directory of Agencies and Services provides contact information and links to agency web sites. Links to D.C. government web sites are also available through FindLaw. More contact information for D.C. government personnel is available in the State Yellow Book (Leadership Directories).

Banking: Banking is regulated by the Banking Bureau of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB).

Mayor's Office: The main number for the Mayor's office is 202-727-2980, more contact information is available on the Mayor's web site.

Select administrative rules issued by the Mayor are published in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), discussed in the companion entry, "District of Columbia - Executive Branch - Administrative Code and Regulations."

Mayor's Orders and Memoranda are available from October 2005 to the present on the Administrative Issuances page of the Office of the Secretary web site site. They are available from September 2009 to the present on the D.C. Municipal Regulations and D.C. Register site (scroll to the bottom of the home page).

For older documents and questions, contact the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances (ODAI), a division of the Office of the Secretary (202-727-5090). The ODAI is responsible for publishing the Mayor's Orders, Memoranda, Administrative Instructions and the D.C. Administrative Procedure Manual (as well as the DCMR and the D.C. Register).

Real Estate: The D.C. Recorder of Deeds (202-727-5374) keeps the D. C. Land Records. You can look up property owners, tax and sales data back to January 4, 1999 using the District's Real Property Sales Database. For older records, use a commercial service such as Accurint, KnowX or Lexis. You can retrieve images of deeds an other land records back to January 1, 1973 using the DC Online Public Records. Deed images are also available from Westlaw.

Condominiums: Condominiums are required to file Public Offering Statements with the the Rental Coverage and Sale Division (202-442-9505) of the Department of Housing and Community Development under § 42-1904 of the D.C. Code. Note: I called the Division in August, 2010 and was told that the rules referenced in § 42-1904.07 have not been issued and the Division does not require an annual update report unless there is a change to the condominium documents.

Similarly, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is authorized to write regulations concerning a condominium's warranty against structural defects under § 42-1904.07 of the D.C. Code. Regulations were proposed in 2002/3 and 2007 but did not become law. Legislation to enact the regulations was introduced in the City Council in 2006 and 2007 but not passed.

Secretary of State: For information about corporation, partnership and other business registrations, see the the "Business Entities" section of District of Columbia - Other Useful Information.

See Also
District of Columbia - Executive Branch - Administrative Code and Regulations
District of Columbia - Other Useful Information
State Government Agencies

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