How to Get a Building Permit in Washington DC
Getting a Washington DC building permit requires more paperwork than most other areas, but it isn’t too hard once you understand the basics. This guide will quickly show you how to get a building permit in Washington DC (with direct links to all of the most important forms) for your next basement remodeling project.
Washington DC Building Permits
1100 4th Street SW
Permit Operations Center, 2nd Floor
Washington DC, 20024
You must also submit 4 copies of building plans that are at least 11 x 17 inches with an 1/8th inch-to-foot scale minimum. These plans must also have:
You also need to fill out and submit with your application a contract agreement with the property owner’s signature as well as the estimated costs.
Mandatory Environmental Forms
Washington DC has strict environmental regulations in place, which means more forms for basement remodeling projects. You need to submit an Environmental Intake Form. This will determine whether you will need to submit a more in-depth Environmental Impact Screening Form in the future – you will be notified of this usually within 30 days of submitting.
You also may be required to contact other environmental departments (such as the Air Quality Division and the Water Quality Division). Fill out and submit this mandatory questionnaire to learn which departments you need to contact.
Submit a zoning datary summary form with your building permit to verify important dimensional information about the worksite.
Certificate of Occupancy
If you are remodeling a basement in anything other than a single-family dwelling, then you are going to need to fill out a certificate of occupancy and submit it with your building permit application. Single-family homes do not have to submit this form. If you are required to do this, you also have to submit a Certificate of Occupancy Authorization Form for signed consent on behalf of the property owner.
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