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Request for Waiver

OSSE may waive compliance with one or more provisions in Chapter 1 (Child Development Facilities: Licensing) of Title 5A in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), if OSSE determines, upon clear and convincing evidence the following:

  • The demonstrated immediate economic impact or hardship on the Facility or staff member is sufficiently great to make immediate compliance impractical despite diligent efforts;
  • The Facility or staff member is meeting or exceeding the intent of the regulation for which the waiver is requested; and
  • The health and welfare of staff and children are not jeopardized as alternative means have been put in place that ensure the health, safety, and welfare of children and staff.

OSSE reserves the right to grant or deny a waiver in accordance with the regulations.

Waiver Application and Approval Process