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Permits - Construction Code Modifications

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The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) considers allowing variances and / or modifications when there are practical difficulties or undue economic hardship involved in meeting a construction code requirement.

DCRA must complete an in-depth review of your application before granting a variance and/or modification to any provision of the DC Construction Codes. A fee of $192.50 is required for all reviews and must be paid in advance of any review.

Before we can render a disposition, we must ensure that:

  • The intent of the Code is preserved and;
  • Public health and safety mandates are assured.

In the case of hardships, a self-imposed will not be considered. DCRA will view equal or better methods of construction or compensatory actions to meet the intent of the code favorably.

Please include all of the pertinent information. The documentation you provide with this application is the only information that DCRA will review. You may provide additional narrative, plans or photos that depict the requirement for which the variance/modification is requested. Original signatures are required.

Any application that is incomplete or without the owner’s signature will be returned.

We strive to respond promptly. Please allow at least 15 business days from the date of receipt receives your application before calling about its status. If you have not received a response from DCRA within 15 business days, please call (202) 442-8959.

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