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In observance of the Emancipation Day holiday, DOB will be closed on Tuesday, April 16, 2024; no construction will be allowed on this day without an after-hours permit. You may report illegal construction by submitting an Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form during normal business hours or by calling 311.

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Accelerated Plan Review Program

Are you in a hurry to get your project off the ground? DOB understands that time is of the essence, and that is why the agency offers an expedited permit application process to streamline your project approval.

Our Accelerated Plan Review (APR) program is designed to cater to your needs. DOB is here to help you navigate the process efficiently and swiftly.

Why choose our Expedited Permit Application service?

  • Speed: We prioritize your application to get you the answers you need faster than the regular permitting process. 
  • Dedicated Support: Our experienced team of permit experts is here to guide you through the entire process. Have questions or need assistance? We're just a call or email away.
  • Customized Solutions: We understand that each project is unique. We tailor our services to meet your specific requirements, ensuring a smooth and seamless experience.
  • Transparency: Clear communication is a priority for us. You will receive regular updates on the status of your application, so you are always in the know.
  • Reliability: With a proven track record of success, you can trust us to handle your permit application with the utmost professionalism and efficiency.

Getting started is easy! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Permit Application: Submit the permit through the DOB Permit Wizard (single-family and two-family flat) or CitizenAccess Portal (all other projects) in the Access DC system.
  2. Notify the APR team: Provide us with the permit number by sending us an email at [email protected].
  3. Fees and payment: We will generate the invoice for the accelerated plan review and send you a ProjectDox invite to upload the required documents. Online payments can be made at the DOB Online Payment Portal. Ensure the permit number is included when making the payment.
  4. Upload and review: Once you have made the payment and completed the upload of the 100% permit set, as well as the workflow portal task in ProjectDox for pre-screening, please provide us with proof of payment by uploading a copy of the receipt in ProjectDox.
  5. Virtual review meeting: After the project is accepted for review in ProjectDox, we will schedule the review session in 15 business days. An email invite is sent to the permit’s applicant including a link to a virtual meeting.
  6. Approval and issuance: Upon the conclusion of the meeting latest plan review, if the construction documents are compliant, they will be approved by DOB review disciplines. Permit will be issued after fees are paid and DOB and applicable sister agencies reviews are approved in ProjectDox.

 

APR FLOW CHART

The Environmental Impact Screening (EIS) form can be found on our Permitting Process page. Please note that the form must be signed by the Environmental Impact Screening coordinator. Submit the complete form for review to [email protected].

Environmental Impact Screening Form Review (EISF) Frequently Asked Questions

Construction Code Modifications: Please be aware that the review code modification application is not part of the APR program. If a code modification review is required for projects under the APR program, it must be submitted directly to: [email protected]. Review may take up to 15 business days before the scheduled review session.

For projects outside the APR program, code modification submissions should be emailed to [email protected]. Additional information can be found on our Code Modifications page.

Finally, please note that the APR program does not cover the review of Covenant, EISF, raze, or supplemental building permit applications. For information on these matters, please contact DOB via our online contact page.

Resources:

DOB Plan Review Webpage

APR Checklist

APR Guide

APR Contacts:

Email: [email protected]