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Programs & Initiatives

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs provides several Programs & Initiatives for the District of Columbia. Take a look at the Programs & Initiatives available to you below:

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.

Inspection Training 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.

Project X

Project X is a pilot program that harnesses the power of technology to bring project owners and their design professionals together with DCRA plan reviewers to streamline the permit review process. Plan reviews are conducted through WebEx with live audio, video, and screen sharing. This way we can identify issues and address them in real-time i to make the permit review process as quick as possible.

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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.

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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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Velocity Program

The Velocity Service and Expedition Service are two optional fast-track plan review programs offered by the District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). For a fee, the speed of plan reviews and permit approvals for  construction projects can be accelerated. In many cases, plans will be reviewed and approved in one day. While the speed of plan review is a major benefit, DCRA remains focused on compliance. Therefore, all plans submitted through any fast-track plan review program must meet all District Construction Code requirements.

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Homeowner's Series

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.

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