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Pre-Approved Plans

Jumpstart your building project by using DCRA Pre-Approved Plans. Choose from a selection of plans that are pre-approved by DCRA and connect with the design professional to obtain plans for use. Pre-Approved Plans makes it easier to get building permits and shortens your wait time by putting plans within easy reach.




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Choose a Plan

Choose a design from the library of pre-approved plans that fits your needs. Filter by type, square footage, and number of bedrooms. Click to view plan details, cost to license floor plan, and renderings.

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Contact the Design Professional

Connect with the licensed design professional* to ensure that the plan is suitable for your property and to contract a license for use.

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Submit Plan to Permit Wizard

The DCRA Permit Wizard is a simpler, easy-to-use permit application that guides homeowners through the permitting process. Learn more about the Permit Wizard and what you need to submit a project application.



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Accessory Dwelling Unit
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Ileana Schinder
900 sqft
Four Bedroom
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Once you obtain plans for use from the design professional, use our online resources to submit plans and information, apply for a permit using the Permit Wizard, and schedule any required inspections through DCRA or by using Tertius, DCRA’s new third-party inspection platform.

To learn more about the using a pre-approved plan, view our Frequently Asked Questions, for more information about using DCRA Pre-Approved Plans, the plan review process, or working with a design professional.


*At the time plans were added to Pre-Approved Plans, the providing design professionals were licensed in the District of Columbia. To check the current license status of a design professional, visit DCRA's Occupational and Professional License Search. Each professional operates independently, therefore contracts and fees may vary.

If you a DC-licensed design professional and would like to participate in the Pre-Approved Plans program, please submit your plans for approval.




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