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Permit Operations

ALERT: Coming this Fall All Walk-Through Permits Must Be Completed Online through the DCRA Citizen PortalLearn more about the NEW Process.

A building permit is an authorization to build according to a specific scope of work, including approved plans. You are required by law to get a permit for construction in the District of Columbia. Any modification of permit scope or approved plans must be specifically approved.

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Get a Building Permit
Are you modifying a structure, putting up a fence, or building a house?  Get your permits before you start.

OCPI 2.0

Apply for your Permit Online (OCPI 2.0)
Apply, pay and receive construction permits online.



Permit Online Services
Looking for Permit Online Services?  Start Here.


Visit the Homeowner's Center
Homeowners Center is devoted to helping homeowners get building permits for home improvement projects Get more information.


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Permit Information
Looking for specific information?  Get the information you need right here.


Permit Services
Need services from Permit Operations?  Get a listing of all services right here.



Permit Documents
Looking for a document?  Get all of your documents right here.


Permit FAQs
Got questions?  View the Most Frequently Asked Questions here.



Permits Contact Information
Need to contact us?  Get our contact information right here.