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Permit Description

This permit is required if nothing remains at the site except for a party wall and/or a foundation.

Raze Application Instructions and General Information

  • In order to raze a building, the Property Owner or Contractor must first get a Raze Permit, which starts the process of utility disconnections and further regulatory approvals.
  • The Owner or Contractor must get a Raze Permit, which approves the razing method and certifies that the utilities have been properly disconnected.
  • Razing a building before you get a Raze Permit is a violation of the Construction Code (DCMR 12) – and can result in significant fines and penalties.
  • Raze Permit fees are assessed based on information you provide (cubic feet of structure to be razed); any fee adjustment necessary after field inspection will be assessed on issuance of the Raze Permit.
  • Sidewalk deposits and/or tap bills may be required before Raze Permit issuance. Contact DDOT’s Public Space Management Administration at (202) 442 - 4670 to get more information.
  • Get the soil erosion package for raze contractors from the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)’s Soil Erosion Unit, you can visit the contact provided on page 4 of the package, to prepare your raze operation plan.
  • A plumbing supplemental permit, obtained by a plumber registered and licensed in the District of Columbia, is required for any water/sewer line cap.
  • Fees are required for abandonment of the water/sewer services in the public easement (paved road).
  • You must pay any outstanding water bills before a Raze Permit can be issued.
  • You are required to obtain a sign-off by any adjacent property owners when the raze involves party walls.

Raze Permit Application Process

  1. To submit your Raze permit application, log onto your Access DC account and select Raze Permit to begin the process. Once you have answered all required questions, please be sure to upload the following:
    1. Current Certificate of Insurance – General Liability 
    2. Photo(s) accurately depicting premises

If this information is not available at the time of application submission, it will be required for final approval of the permit.

  1. DCRA staff will review your application for acceptance and an email will be sent to the applicant with all raze letters. The applicant must obtain all signatures before submitting back to DCRA for final approval.
  2. Payment of the Raze Permit fee includes the filing fee, which is paid at the time of submission and the remaining permit fee once approved. The Raze Permit fee calculation is based upon the volume of the structure in cubic feet times .02.
  3. Raze clearance letters are emailed to the applicant upon acceptance and include the following agencies and DCRA divisions for approvals/signoffs:
    • DCRA Plumbing Inspection
    • Department of Transportation Public Space
    • PEPCO - Utility Cut Off
    • Verizon - Utility Cut Off
    • Washington Gas - Utility Cut Off
    • DC Water - Sewer/Water line Cut Public
    • DCRA Zoning Administrator - Overlay Impacts on Site
    • Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) Asbestos Abatement
    • DOEE Soil Erosion Control
    • DCRA Construction Inspection
    • DC Health Vector Control
    • Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB)
    • Department of Housing Community Development (DHCD) Rental Accommodations Division
  4. The applicant is responsible for submitting clearance letters to required agencies, paying any required fees to the agencies, and getting written approvals. 
  5. Please get your plumbing permit for your cut and cap before scheduling your plumbing inspection. Call for inspection at (202) 442-9557, option code 490 for automated scheduling.
  6. Once all raze letters have been signed by all applicable agencies, you must then contact the Inspection and Compliance Administration at (202) 442-9557, option code 170 to schedule for your inspection and to get your Construction Branch letter signed. 
  7. Before DCRA will issue a Raze Permit, the building(s) must be unoccupied. If the building is still occupied, DCRA will accept and process the Permit Application, but will not issue the Permit until the applicant notifies the Permit Division that the building is vacant.
  8. To submit your Raze package for final approval, it must include all signed letters. If you did not provide the Certificate of Liability Insurance and pictures during submission, those documents will also be requested for final approval. Please send the full application package to dcra.permits@dc.gov for review. Please allow 3 business days for review and processing for final fees.

You may also email dcra.permits@dc.gov regarding general inquiries regarding the raze process.

NOTE: DCRA will not issue any Raze Permits before the end of the applicable 30-day Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) notification period.

Raze Interagency Contacts

AGENCY DIVISION CONTACT PERSON PHONE EMAIL
DCRA Inspections (Construction & Plumbing) Andrea Summer (202) 442 - 9557, option 6 for a representative Andrea.Sumner@dc.gov
DCRA Office of Zoning and Administrator Evon Epps (202) 442 - 4576 Evon.Epps@dc.gov
DC Water Water/Sewer   (202) 646 - 8600  
DOEE Asbestos Ralph Knatt (202) 535 - 2998 Ralph.Knatt@dc.gov
DOEE Soil Erosion

Saba Gharavi

Nykia Barnes

(202) 336 - 2549

(202) 309 - 5812

Saba.Gharavi@dc.gov

Nykia.Barnes@dc.gov

DDOT Public Space

Tiffany Tenbrook

Courtney Williams

(202) 907 - 7224

(202) 481 - 3493

Tiffany.Tenbrook@dc.gov

Courtney.Williams@dc.gov

DHCD Rental Accommodation & Conversion Lauren J. Pair

P (202) 442 - 9505

F (202) 645 - 5870

Lauren.Pair@dc.gov
DOH Vector Control

Jermaine Matthews

Donna Bennett

P (202) 442 - 5864

C (202) 309 - 3156

    (202) 535 - 1954

Jermaine.Matthews@dc.gov

donna.bennett@dc.gov

Office of Planning Historic Preservation Office Bruce Yarnell (202) 442 - 8850 Bruce.Yarnall@dc.gov
PEPCO Pepco Distribution Engineering  

P (202) 331 - 6237

F (202) 388 - 2721

J.Shorts@pepco.com
Verizon Verizon Linda Smith (240) 970 - 6271 Linda.a.smith@verizon.com
Washington Gas Service Abandonments   (703) 750 - 4750 svcabandonments@washgas.com

Note: Please get your plumbing permit for your cut and cap before scheduling your plumbing inspection.

Call for inspection at (202) 442-9557, option code 490 for automated scheduling.

Please note once all raze letters have been signed by all agencies, you must then contact the Inspection and Compliance Administration at (202) 442-9557, option code 170 to schedule for your inspection and to get your Construction Branch letter signed. 

 

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