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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 3, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in the District of Columbia, we recommend that you visit D.C.'s COVID-19 Recovery Resources or Food Resources.

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Description of Program and Relief

Third-Party Food Delivery Commissions

During the period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency, a person, corporation, partnership, or association operating a third-party food platform within the District shall register with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

These third party platforms are prohibited to charge a restaurant a commission fee of more than 15% of the purchase price per online order for the use of the platform's services for delivery or pick-up, and the third-party food delivery platform is prohibited from reducing the compensation rate paid to a delivery service driver or garnish gratuities in order to comply with this mandate.

Further, at the time a final price is disclosed to a customer the third-party food delivery platform shall disclose to the customer, in plain language and in a clearly visible manner, any commission, fee, or any other monetary payment imposed by the third-party food delivery platform on the restaurant as a term of a contract or agreement between the platform and the restaurant in connection with the restaurant's use of the platform.

Government or Lead Agency

District of Columbia Official Code

Dates Available

During the period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency

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List of Additional Information

See Chapter 6A. Registration of Third-party Food Delivery Commissions During a Public Health Emergency of the Code of the District of Columbia.

§ 48–641. Third-party food delivery commissions.

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