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Department of Health
The Department of Health (DOH) promotes and protects the health, safety, and quality of life of residents, visitors, and those doing business in the District of Columbia. DOH identifies health risks; educates the public; prevents and controls diseases, injuries, and exposure to environmental hazards; promotes effective community collaborations; and optimizes equitable access to community resources. Business-related programs include food establishment inspections, certain professional licenses, environmental regulations, and rodent control.

Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
The Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) regulates financial service industries operating in and from the District of Columbia by administering District of Columbia insurance, securities, and banking laws, rules, and regulations. The Department's mission is to protect the interest of District of Columbia consumers from unfair and abusive practices and to provide a fair and equitable business arena for the regulated entitles operating in the District of Columbia.

Department of Transportation
The District Department of Transportation permits the use or occupancy of the public right-of-way. Within the downtown streetscape area, any project where 50 percent of the adjoining public space (including sidewalks) is planned for construction, a streetscape plan must be approved. This office seeks to facilitate growth in the city and minimize resident inconvenience.

Office of Zoning
The Office of Zoning administers the Zoning Regulations of the District of Columbia controlling land use, density, height, and bulk characteristics of property in the city. The District of Columbia Zoning Atlas consists of a series of sub-maps identifying the designated zoning for all parcels of land in the city. All construction or rehabilitation on private land must conform to the requirements imposed by the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map adopted by the DC Zoning Commission, or businesses must seek relief before the appropriate bodies.

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