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Access DC Initiative

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has launched Access DC - a program to enhance the security and improve access to all of DCRA's online services.

Signing up for an Access DC account is easy. Simply visit Access DC and click the sign up link.

  • Access DC simplifies interactions with DCRA. Instead of having multiple accounts with passwords to remember, your single Access DC account will be used for every DCRA online system.
  • Access DC enhances security by verifying email addresses of all users, and protects DCRA's online services with an access management platform conforming to the US government’s stringent FedRAMP security standards.
  • The Access DC account is easy to obtain. You can sign up for an account in just a few minutes, and if you ever forget your login information, self-guided prompts will help you recover instantly.

Review the DC Privacy Policy.

Access DC is powered by the Okta access management platform. Okta Privacy Policy.

Visit Access DC


Agency Performance Dashboard

This is a visualization tool for various data from DCRA such as performance management, permits issued, illegal construction and vacant building data. The dashboards provide greater transparency, allowing customers to take a look at DCRA’s performance in these areas.

View Agency Performance Dashboard


Pay Fines Online

Now you can make a payment for fines resulting from Notice(s) of Infraction (NOI) issued for Housing Code violation(s) only.

Pay Fines Online


Find a Documents and Forms

The Document Management System allows you to search for DCRA documents and forms by category or by simply typing in the name of the document.

Find a Form or Document


Notify your Neighbor

Allow residents the ability to upload construction documents/plans for adjacent neighbors to view.

Notify Your Neighbor


Schedule an Appointment Online

The online appointment scheduling option provides you with the ability to make a reservation from home or on the go before visiting DCRA.

Schedule an Appointment


Access Information about your Community

Welcome to DCRA Data Connect! Here you will be able to access information about your community and from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. DCRA has created an open data source where you can search for Building Permits, Illegal Construction, and Blighted Properties. You can view interactive Data, Maps, and Graphs of the data you request. We look forward to providing more information in an effort to provide up to date data of information offered in your community.

With DCRA Data Connect DC residents will be able to access information about permits issued, illegal construction, and vacant building data, allowing the view of data via csv files and maps!

Search for Data


Verify or Research Property Information (SCOUT)

PIVS allows customers to research  real property, regulatory and enforcement information on specific properties, by street address or square-suffix-lot (SSL) number.  Here you can do the following:

  • An updated user interface
  • Responsive web design supporting access via desktop computers and mobile devices
  • Interactive map with Geographic Information System (GIS) layers for floodplains and historic districts
  • Optimized search processes to improve search speed
  • Downloadable data tables
  • More frequent updates to data

Verify Property Information



Business Licensing

Apply for a Business License (DC Business Portal)

The DC Business Portal is the place where entrepreneurs can find all information related to start.grow, and maintain local businesses.

Apply for a Business License


Verify an Existing Business License (SCOUT)

Need to verify an existing business license? Use this tool for business license verification.

Verify a Business License



Business Registration

Form/Register all Domestic & Foreign Filing entities & Other Corporation Services Online (CorpOnline)

DCRA Corporations Division Web Portal where you can form all domestic filing entities and receive other Corporation services. 

Visit CorpOnline




Get a Certificate of Occupancy

The purpose of a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is to ensure that the use of a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia conforms to the Zoning Regulations (DCMR Title 11) provisions of the DC Construction Codes, and the Green Building Act. In most cases, no person can use a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia for any purpose other than a single family dwelling, until a valid C of O has been issued. There are six types of C of O applications as seen here along with additional information regarding the C of O process.

To apply for a change of ownership certificate of occupancy application, click here.

For ALL other types of certificate of occupancy applications, email completed C of O application and PDF of supporting documents to COAPP@dc.gov.

Permit Expediter Registration Form

If you operate as a professional Permit Expediter or Filing Representative in the District, you must be registered with DCRA. To register, complete the registration form below. The process is quick and simple. You will be required to use your assigned registration number to complete permit applications that you obtain on behalf another professional or property owner.

Register to Obtain a Permit


Look up Permits, Permit Plans & Applications (eRecords)

Find building permits, applications, invoices, plans, or Certificate of Occupancy permits with DCRA eRecords Management System. Access from any device. 

Access eRecords


Don’t see what you’re looking for? Submit a record request.

Apply and Pay for Construction Permits Online

For one- and two-family residential projects, use the DCRA Permit Wizard online permit application.

For commercial projects, solar, demolition, raze and after-hours permits, use the Citizen Access Portal. CPI will allow applicants the ability to apply, pay and receive construction permits online.


Search for Digital Land Records (SurDocs)

SurDocs is an online research tool that enables the public to search all digital land surveys. This tool is used to view all field survey records and surveyor plats.

Get More Information on Land Records


Visit DC Property and Permit Center

A one-stop shop for all things permits. The portal provides a range of online tools to apply for building permits, request city services, research property regulatory information, and research and analyze permit data. Residents are able to download datasets and generate custom reports.  Property owners can register their apartment complex(s) and much more.

Visit the Property and Permit Center


Check your Building Application Status (SCOUT)

SCOUT provides the status of a permit application that is submitted to DCRA and currently being processed in Accela. The status can be obtained by providing the Application ID or Property Address.

Get Status on a Permit Application


File Your Permit Drawings Online (ProjectDox)

ProjectDox is an online platform for electronic plan submission and plan review. This system allows the electronic submission of building plans and supporting documentation. ProjectDox eliminates the need for an applicant to submit multiple paper copies of project plans in conjunction with the DCRA building permit application.

File Your Permit Drawings Online

Preliminary Design Review Meeting (PDRM)

Do you have a large-scale project, such as construction of a new residential or office building?  Let us help you today with a Preliminary Design Review Meeting (PDRM). 

Schedule a PDRM



Vacant Buildings

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