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Department of Buildings

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, DOB will be closed on Monday, May 27, 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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Open Government and FOIA

Open Government

DOB Public Dashboard: This is a digital platform that presents DOB data. The dashboard provides greater transparency, allowing customers to take a look at DOB's performance in these areas and gain general insights about data that falls under our purview. Sections include Agency Performance, Violations and Abatement, DOB Index, Permit Operations, Enforcement, Customer Service, Inspections, and Vacant Properties.

DOB Organizational Chart

Scout: Scout is an online consolidated database shared between DOB and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP), that accesses publicly-available data including permitting and inspections information, Certificates of Occupancy, licensing, and enforcement action, and more, in one system – improving the way you access essential District information. Users may search using a street address, business name, person’s name, permit, or license number, and can even subscribe to permit updates by address.

eRecords: Access records of pending applications for building permits and approved building permits

SurDocs: DOB’s land record management system is an online records research interface maintained by the Office of the Surveyor that allows users to learn more about any part of the District by square, lot, parcel, reservation, or appropriation number. 

Zoning Determinations and Interpretations: Issued by the Zoning Administrator, these determinations and interpretations help shed clarity on complexities in the District Zoning code and application of the code.

Administrative Bulletins and Issuances

Proactive Inspections Schedule: The Department of Buildings (DOB) Proactive Inspection Program ensures all multi-unit rental properties in the District of Columbia are inspected. The program is designed to promote safety and ensure all rental units in the District of Columbia meet residential property maintenance and building codes. To help achieve this goal, the Proactive Inspection Program uses a specialized algorithm to address apartment buildings with an increased likelihood of violations. 

Purchase Orders

Procurement and Payments

Purchase (P) Card Transaction Information

District-wide FOIA Reports

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Information

If you cannot find the information you are looking for here or elsewhere on our website, you may submit a FOIA request online via the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act Public Access Portal. Requests may also be submitted by mail, fax, or email. However, please note that FOIA requests submitted online will be easier to track and process.

To understand the FOIA process before making a request, including information on appeals, please see the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act webpage.

FOIA Officers are the principal points of contact within DOB for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. We are committed to handling all requests all requests professionally and expeditiously.

FOIA Officers:

Erin Roberts
Department of Buildings, Office of General Counsel
1100 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 671-3500

Ezgi Soylu
Department of Buildings, Office of General Counsel
1100 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 880-6521


Book with text "Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)"