Whether you're modifying a structure, putting up a fence, or building a house, you're responsible for getting the right permits before you start work. When applying for a permit – depending on the scale of the project – the process can be completesd in a single step or may involve multiple steps, including additional review agencies outside of DCRA.
The Permit Center closes at 4:30 pm daily. The customers can obtain a Q-Matic Ticket to begin the permitting process until 3:30 pm. Every effort shall be made that all tickets are processed the same day. If not, the process will be completed the following business day. The cashier closes promptly at 4:30.
Some permits, like our Postcard Permit or Supplemental Permits, you can get with a few clicks of the mouse. Larger projects can take a minmum of 30 days to review.
If you're a homeowner seeking a building permit for a home improvement project, please visit our Homeowner's Center or get a Postcard Permit Online. If you're in charge of a large construction project, check out our Development Ambassador program and our Green Building process.
If you're ready to get started, you can also start your application online which will speed things up when you get to the Permit Center.
You can also check the status of your permit online. You'll see which disciplines (electrical, structural) have reviewed your plans to date.
Please note: You may be able to view comments about your project online, but you won't be able to pick up your plans until all required disciplines have reviewed them.