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No Construction Allowed Holidays

Construction is not permitted on federal and District Government holidays. On the following holidays, all construction work, for which a permit is required, is illegal and could result in a Stop Work Order and may be subject to fines. For more information, visit our illegal construction webpage. Please report illegal construction by submitting an Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form or calling 311. 

DCRA is also closed on these holidays. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead for services requiring an in-person visit as we may experience a high volume of customers during the business days before and after a holiday closing. DCRA offers many online servicestools and resources, enabling customers to skip the trip to our offices and conduct business 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Construction is prohibited on these dates:

  • Friday, January 1, 2021: New Year's Day
  • Monday, January 18, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021: Inauguration Day
  • Monday, February 15, 2021: Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day)
  • Friday, April 16, 2021: DC Emancipation Day
  • Monday, May 31, 2021: Memorial Day
  • Sunday, July 4, 2021: Independence Day
  • Monday, September 6, 2021: Labor Day
  • Monday, October 11, 2021: Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021: Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021: Thanksgiving Day
  • Saturday, December 25, 2021: Christmas Day

In Case of an Emergency

If a critical issue comes up during non-business hours, such as building issues posing a risk to the public, please contact Homeland Security at (202) 727-6161 to reach a DCRA Duty Officer. These building issues include:

  • Fire-structural or habitability assessment
  • Structural collapse risk to public/other structures (i.e. vehicles impacting buildings)
  • Weather damage
  • Building habitability
  • Inspection for re-connection of utilities