The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has created a Ramp Guide that will assist homeowners in designing an ADA-compliant wooden ramp, obtaining a building permit and passing inspections. The Ramp Guide provides seniors with a resource that will assist them in the process of aging in place. If followed, the guide will ensure design and construction of the ramp is consistent and code compliant. The Ramp Guide will be available online and in the permit and homeowner center. The Ramp Guide provides a step-by-step process to acquire the permits needed to build a handicap ramp for your residence. It covers application submittal, zoning approvals, process fees, code calculations, inspection procedures and many other aspects of proper construction.
This guide is one of DCRA’s tools for homeowners and contractors to eliminate excessive wait times to obtain a permit. If the application and required documentation of the plat and plan submission have been met, the required permit can be issued in most instances within 1 business day in our Permit Center. The Ramp Guide is available here and in our Permit Center. We are excited about the creation of this #SafeandSimpleDC tool that will assist District homeowners with their ramp building project.