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Department of Buildings

Fireworks stands require permits from DOB; we will be processing applications through July 3, 2024. New applicants should view this form and follow the outlined steps, while returning applicants should follow the instructions laid out in this form. For any questions, please Contact DOB.

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Welcome to the Department of Buildings

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About DOB

 

Our Vision

The District of Columbia Department of Buildings (DOB) is a national model of customer service and value creation; we are a catalyst for responsible economic development, social diversity, and environmental sustainability, and are essential to a thriving and resilient city.

Our Mission

The mission of the District of Columbia Department of Buildings is to protect the safety of residents, businesses, and visitors and advance the development of the built environment through permitting, inspections, and code enforcement.

Summary of Services

The Department of Buildings is responsible for regulating construction activity in the District of Columbia. The agency operates a consolidated permit operations division, reviews all construction documents to ensure compliance with building codes and zoning regulations, and has inspection and oversight authority, through which construction activity, building systems, and rental housing establishments are inspected, with violations cited and, if necessary, abatement pursued within the limits of the law.