General Online Tools
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.
- 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.
Agency Performance Dashboard
This is a platform that presents DCRA data. The dashboards provide greater transparency, allowing customers to take a look at DCRA’s performance in these areas.
Easily make payments for various services and fees online. Users can now make payments for fines resulting from Notice(s) of Infraction (NOI) issued for Housing Code violation(s).
Find Documents and Forms
When undertaking a building project, it is required that adjoining public and private property be protected from damage at the expense of the person having the work done. Protection must be provided for lots and for all elements of a building or other structure when a permit may be issued that can impact and/or damage adjoining properties.
Upload construction documents/plans for adjacent neighbors to view.
Schedule an Appointment Online
Choose a category based on your questions or needs and schedule a virtual appointment today..
View Community Information
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!
Verify Property Information
Scout is a platform that allows users to find and track permits, licenses, inspections, enforcement actions, and regulatory information on District properties in one place. Think of it as a one-stop-shop for all your data needs. Search by street address, business name, person name, permit, or license number.
Contractor Rating System
Looking to hire a contractor for your next home renovation? Our Contractor Rating System helps District consumers identify properly-licensed and high-performing building professionals. Inquire before you hire! See a list of contractors that DCRA has rated and start your next project using the DCRA Permit Wizard, a new customer-friendly application that modernizes the way our customers start their residential building projects.
Apply for a Business License
The DC Business Portal is the place where entrepreneurs can find all information related to start.grow, and maintain local businesses.
Verify an Existing Business License
Scout makes it easy to verify a business license. In order to operate legally in the District of Columbia, all businesses must be licensed. Scout allows you to check if a business entity has active license(s). You can search by license number, address, name, or category. Looking for a place to rent and need to verify the business of a potential landlord? You can also find out if your landlord is licensed by searching on Scout.
Complete Corporation Services Online
Form and register all domestic and foreign filing entities online at CorpOnline. View a complete list of Corporation Services online at 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 of another professional or property owner.
Look up Permits, Permit Plans & Applications (eRecords)
Apply and Pay for Construction Permits Online
Search for Digital Land Records (SurDocs)
Check your Permit Application Status
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.
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.
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 with a Preliminary Design Review Meeting (PDRM).