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Accelerated Plan Review

Accelerated Plan Review is DCRA’s initiative to streamline the plan review and permitting process. For a fee, plan reviews and permit approval for construction projects can be accelerated. In many cases, if all code requirements are met, plans can be approved in one day by DCRA disciplines and participating sister agencies. While the speed of plan review is a major benefit, DCRA remains focused on compliance. Therefore, all plans submitted through the Accelerated Plan Review program must be prescreened and reviewed to meet all District Construction Code requirements. This service accommodates various types of building projects, such as:

  • Demolition
  • New Construction
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Interior Alterations
  • Use Changes
  •  Revisions
  •  Shell, Footing and Foundation
  • And More

Accelerated Plan Review Programs

Project X

Project X is a pilot program that harnesses the power of technology to bring project owners and their design professionals together with DCRA plan reviewers to streamline the permit review process. Plan reviews are conducted through WebEx with live audio, video, and screen sharing. The goal is to identify issues and address them in real-time in order to make the permit review process as quick as possible. 

Benefits

Online plan review for construction projects can be significantly reduced compared to traditional review methods. In ideal cases, if all code requirements are met, plans may be reviewed and approved in as little as one day.

Participate

If you have submitted a complete and accurate building permit application online, as well as all associated construction documents electronically, you may be invited to participate in the pilot. Project X will include reviews for single family and small commercial or residential projects less than 10,000 square feet. Projects triggering review by DOEE for erosion and sediment control may be eligible to participate. Note that any project that is in an area of contamination or that triggers review by another DOEE permitting program or a Federal permitting program will not be eligible to participate, unless the applicant has already obtained approval for all other applicable permitting programs.Your design team must upload all design documents for review at least ten (10) business days prior to the online session. A permit will be issued once all DCRA and applicable external agency reviews are completed; and all Project X and permit fees are paid.

Velocity Program

Velocity is an optional fast-track plan review program. For a fee, the speed of plan reviews and permit approvals for construction projects can be accelerated. In many cases, plans will be reviewed and approved in one day. While the speed of plan review is a major benefit, DCRA remains focused on compliance. Therefore, all plans submitted through any fast-track plan review program must meet all District Construction Code requirements.

Velocity accommodates various types of building projects, such as:

  • New Construction
  • Demolition
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Interior Alterations
  • Use Changes
  • Revisions
  • Projects triggering review by the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) for erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and/or green area ratio.*
  • Shell, Footing and Foundation Work
  • And More!

* Any project that is in an area of contamination or that triggers review by another DOEE permitting program or a Federal permitting program will not be eligible to participate, unless the applicant has already obtained approval for all other applicable permitting programs.

For more information, please contact us at dcraacceleratedreview@dc.gov.

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