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Get Your Capacity Placard Online

Apply through DCRA's Online Construction Permit Intake application.  For more information and additional ways to apply, visit the "Get Your Capacity Placard" page.

What to File

Filing for a Capacity Placard Permit requires submission of the following documents:

  • Application - On the application be sure to identify the room(s) (room number or room name) for which capacity placard approval is being sought.
     
  • Architecutural Egress Plans - Provide four (4) sets plans drawn to a scale of at least 1/8 inch to a foot and shall contain the following information:

    • Room(s) dimensions;
    • Seating arrangement(s) diagram(s);
    • Egress plan showing the location and width of aisles, corridors and exits.
    • Location of existing fire protective signaling systems;
    • Location of existing emergency lighting and exit signs;
    • Occupant load capacity applied for (room by room)
    • Date of construction or of substantial renovation of the premises, or of the most recent tenant layout renovation, if known.
    • Existing toilet facilities serving the space.
  • Placard Drawings - Submit four (4) sets of placards fully dimensioned and drawn to scale of at least half (scale of 1:2). Full size (scale 1:1) drawings are preferable. Placards should be designed as close as possible to the standard format shown below:

    • Minimum placard dimensions: 8” high by 10” wide.
    • 1ST line: Words "Maximum Seating Capacity" in characters at least 3/8 of an inch high.
    • 2nd.line: the numeral for the approved capacity in Arabic numbers at least 2” high and stroke width between 1/8 and 1/4 of their height.
    • 3rd line: Words "Maximum Allowable Capacity" in characters at least 3/8 of an inch high.
    • 4th line: the numeral of the approved capacity in Arabic numbers at least 2” high and stroke width between 1/8 and ¼ of their height.
    • 5th line: Indicate the type of business in characters at least 3/16 of an inch high.
    • 6th line: indicates the type of floor arrangement, in characters at least 3/16 of an inch high; use the words "Chairs Only"  for rows of movable chairs (concentrated); the words "Tables and Chairs" for table seating (unconcentrated); the words "Fixed Seats" for fixed seating.
    • Next block of lines: word "Location:" followed by identification (number or name) of the room and the floor, in characters at least 3/16 of an inch high.
    • Last block of lines: the identification of the building, including its street address, in characters at least 3/16 of an inch high.
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