Code of the District of Columbia

§ 28–4102. Overcharging.

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(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to charge more than the normal average retail price for any merchandise or service sold during a public health emergency declared pursuant to § 7-2304.01, or during an emergency resulting from a natural disaster declared pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(b)(1) Within 48 hours of a natural disaster, the Mayor may declare, for not more than 30 calendar days, a state of emergency for the purposes of this act. The Mayor shall prepare an emergency declaration that shall include a description of the existence, nature, extent, and duration of the emergency.

(2) Upon the issuance of a declaration of an emergency or as soon as practicable given the nature of the emergency, the Mayor shall publish a copy of the emergency declaration in the District of Columbia Register and in 2 daily newspapers of general circulation.


(Mar. 20, 1992, D.C. Law 9-80, § 2, 39 DCR 675; Oct. 9, 2020, D.C. Law 23-130, § 306(b), 67 DCR 8622.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 28-4102.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4101 and § 28-4103.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 306(b) of Coronavirus Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-405, Aug. 19, 2020, 67 DCR 10235).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) creation of this section, see § 306(c) of Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 [Effective from October 9, 2020] (D.C. Law 23-130, Oct. 9, 2020, 67 DCR 8622).

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 306(b) of Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 [Effective from October 9, 2020] (D.C. Law 23-130, Oct. 9, 2020, 67 DCR 8622).

References in Text

“This act”, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), is D.C. Law 9-80.