dcra

Config
DCRA
Menu Button

Homeowner Residential Series

Calling all homeowners. Check out videos and slideshows from previous homeowner workshops. DCRA hosted these workshops with the goal to help homeowners like you prepare for home improvement projects and protect your home during construction and renovations.

For related information, visit our Homeowner's Center.


Licensing Your Rental Property
Thursday, January 30, 2020
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.
Click here to watch

All About Inspections
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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.
Click here to watch

Zoning Compliance
Thursday, October 24, 2019
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.
Click here to watch
View the presentation
 
Building Codes & Your Safety
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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.
Click here to watch
View the presentation

How DCRA Works & Protects You Workshop
Thursday, April 25, 2019
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.
Click here to watch.
Download the presentation.

What Needs a Permit Workshop
Thursday, April 8, 2019
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.
Click here to watch.
Download the presentation.

Homeowner Decisions to Make Before You Submit an Application to DCRA Workshop
Thursday, May 23, 2019
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.
Click here to watch.
Download the presentation.

Common Permit & Plan Review Pitfalls Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 2019
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.
Click here to watch.
Download the presentation.

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.
Click here to watch
Download the presentation

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.
Click here to watch
Download the presentation

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

Download the presentation
Click here to watch