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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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Permit Resources

DOB has many online tools to make your permitting and plan review process quick and easy. We also offer resources and information to guide you through the process. Still have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions. If you don't find what you're looking for, contact us.

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Permit Records

Find building permits, applications, invoices, plans, and Certificate of Occupancy permits with DOB eRecords Management System. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Submit a record request


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Check Your Permit Application

Scout provides the status of a permit application that is submitted to DOB and currently being processed in Accela. The status can be obtained by providing the Application ID or Property Address.


Permits posted on property

Permit Expediter

If you operate as a professional Permit Expediter or Filing Representative in the District, you must be registered with DOB . To register, complete the registration form below. The process is quick and simple. You will be required to use your assigned registration number to complete permit applications that you obtain on behalf of another professional or property owner. 


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Upload Plans to ProjectDox

ProjectDox is an online plan submission and plan review platform. No need to submit multiple paper copies of project plans or permit applications. Apply to use ProjectDox if you have more complex scopes of work that require more in-depth review.

Resources and Information

Building Permit Fee Schedule
View building permit fee chart with information organized by description, fee description, fee amount, and more.


Get a New Address
View instructions for creating or changing an official address in the District of Columbia.
Permit Refund Request
Complete this form to initiate a review of funds paid to the Permit Operations at DOB to be considered for a refund. View our refund process below for more.


Neighbor Notification

Learn about your responsibility as a property owner when undertaking a building project and what the adjoining property owners' role is.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions. If you don't find what you're looking for, contact us.