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Homeowner Residential Construction Series

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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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