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Programs and Initiatives

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs provides several programs and initiatives for the District of Columbia. Read on to learn about participation and benefits.

DCRA 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.

Signing up for an Access DC account is easy. Simply visit Access DC and click the sign up link.

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Accelerated Plan Review

Accelerated Plan Review is DCRA’s initiative to streamline the plan review and permitting process. For a fee, plan reviews and permit approval for construction projects can be accelerated. In many cases, if all code requirements are met, plans can be approved in one day by DCRA disciplines and participating sister agencies. While the speed of plan review is a major benefit, DCRA remains focused on compliance. Therefore, all plans submitted through the Accelerated Plan Review program must be prescreened and reviewed to meet all District Construction Code requirements. This service accommodates various types of building projects, such as:

  • Demolition
  • New Construction
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Interior Alterations
  • Use Changes
  • Revisions
  • Shell, Footing and Foundation
  • And More

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Green Building Program

The Green Build Program is responsible for regulating construction in the District that falls under the regulations of the Green Building Act, Green Construction Code, and Energy Conservation Code.

Resident Inspector Program

We have  launched a pilot program for residents to become certified inspectors.  This program will allow participants to earn extra income while helping the agency keep pace with the demand for inspections.  Interested in participating? Learn more below.

Streamlined Enforcement

The Department of Consumer of Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has strengthened its consumer protection by streamlining housing code compliance and enforcement activities. Enforcement is a key component of safety. An efficient process offers landlords timely notice to address potential violations while tenants are informed throughout each stage of the enforcement process. Take a look at our new enforcement process.



Small Business Resource Center (SBRC)

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) offers the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) to provide training and consultation services to customers seeking more information related to DCRA services.

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Homeowner's Series

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) initiated a series of informational opportunities for District homeowners.  The purpose of these workshops are to help homeowners prepare for home improvement projects, throughout the year, and learn how to protect their homes during these larger projects and small renovations.

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