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Homeowner's Series: Residential Rental Edition

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a four-part workshop series led by DCRA's permitting and plan review staff from October 2019 through January 2020. This series will focus on converting one and two-family properties into rental units or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)*.
 
Our staff will instruct each attendee on the proper ways of obtaining a  permit, basic business license, zoning compliance, and more.  We strongly encourage landlords to attend all four workshops to fully understand the process for converting your home into a rental unit that safely meets code.
 
*Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): is a room or set of rooms in a single-family home in a single-family zone that has been designed or configured to be used as a separate dwelling unit and has been established by permit. They generally include living, sleeping, kitchen and bathroom facilities and have a lockable entrance door. A detached ADU is the same concept, but the living area is in a separate structure, normally in a backyard cottage of some sort.
 
Zoning Compliance
Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
 
Are you looking for some extra income by adding a rental unit or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)* to your home? Join us for the first of a four-part workshop series aimed at making sure you’re fully prepared. Our first session will focus on zoning, and how to ensure your project is fully compliant.
 
Building Codes & Your Safety
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
 
The purpose of the construction codes is to protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the occupants and users of buildings and structures in the District. In this session, DCRA will train attendees on the applicable codes for converting one and two-family homes into residential rental units. We will also discuss how to maintain rental units and stay in compliance with the District’s Housing Code Standards.
 
All About Inspections
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
 
District law requires landlords to provide rental units that are in a safe, habitable and livable condition. This workshop will instruct landlords on our inspections process. Whether it is a construction inspection, housing code inspection, permitting inspection, or violation inspection, we want to help you keep the District and its residents safe.

Licensing Your Rental Property
Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
 
Did you know that Residential Housing licenses are required for all rental properties in the District of Columbia including homes, apartments, condominiums, basement apartments and apartment buildings? The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs responds to licensing issues daily. Whether the complaint is about the number of persons dwelling in the unit exceeding the space or the safety of a rental unit, being licensed ensures the safety of all tenants in the District. Join our licensing staff to learn more and receive on-site assistance with the Residential Housing Rental licensing process.

Past Events

DCRA hosts quarterly Homeowners’ Center Permitting Education Series. Watch each workshop and view the presentations below. Calling all homeowners! Our homeowner workshops are focused on the residential construction of existing one-family and two-family properties. The purpose of these workshops is to help you prepare for home improvement projects this spring and summer – and learn how to protect your home during these larger projects and small renovations. .

How DCRA Works & Protects You Workshop
Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
Be prepared before you buy or start remodeling your home. This workshop will provide an overview of DCRA’s permit application process through the issuance of your building permit. Learn how to use online permitting tools, what permits you will need, how to submit plans to DCRA and permit costs. Additionally, we will cover how to hire design professionals, general contractors and DCRA tips to avoid being scammed or build illegally.
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Homeowner Decisions to Make Before You Submit an Application to DCRA Workshop
Thursday, May 23, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
Before you start, take control of your home remodeling and/or addition project. This workshop covers basic questions you should ask yourself before talking to a design professional and contractor. Experts from DCRA will review basic questions about plumbing, heating and cooling equipment, hot water heaters, insulation, windows, doors, bump up and outs, fire, electrical and structural.
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Common Permit & Plan Review Pitfalls Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
DCRA, E200, 2nd Floor
Avoid common permit and plan review pitfalls. Over 90% of residential/homeowner plans fail the first plan review or Held for Corrections (HFC) at DCRA. Learn what mistakes to avoid and how to be in compliance with DC Construction Codes and laws and regulations.
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Small Projects & Home Renovations Workshop
This workshop reviewed what the DC Construction Codes require when conducting small projects and renovations inside and outside your home.
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What Needs a Permit Workshop
This workshop provided attendees with valuable insight on what home improvement projects require a permit, how permits protect the homeowner and property, and how permits help homeowners avoid fines and stop work orders for illegal construction. Learn how permits can be an ally, not an obstacle, by keeping your contractor honest and also maintaining good standing with your homeowner’s insurance policies.
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How to Submit a Complete Set of Plans Workshop
This workshop provided attendees with assistance on how to spot substandard drawings. The workshop trained on the following topics:

  • How to spot plans that are of poor quality and how hiring a qualified designer is important and necessary
  • Reviewed a complete set of plans side-by-side versus a substandard set of plans

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