"Safe & Simple" Online Notification!
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DCRA has implemented yet another "Safe & Simple" initiative that allow residents the ability to upload construction documents/plans for adjacent neighbors.
Although, Neighbor Notification Letters are to give notice of construction to adjacent properties, it is not a tool to reject, hold or delay a private property owner from performing work on their property. Per the DCMR 2013 Construction Codes, any alteration, repair, additions to structure, party-walls, chimneys, underpinning or similar work adjacent to the property shall be protected from damage during construction. The responsibility is on the adjacent neighbor to provide “technically supported information” for any claim that the proposed scope of work will not protect his/her property. As long as the owner, whose property is under construction, provides a code compliant design, by a registered design professional, ensuring the integrity of the shared structure or property, the owner has the right to build.
DCRA is authorized, but not required, to grant a reasonable extension of time so the owner can resolve the issue. The extension of party-walls, chimneys or underpinning are similar. As long as the owner, whose property is under construction, provides construction documents ensuring the integrity of the shared structure, the owner has the right to modify the plans, to meet requirements of the Code and their scope of work.