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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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Alteration & Repair Permit

Permit Description

Any construction or renovation to an existing structure, including space reconfiguration, replacement in kind, repairs, etc.

Submission Requirements

  1. For interior renovations such as kitchen or bathroom remodeling and interior renovation of an existing commercial space, Alteration and Repair is the appropriate permit type.

  2. Depending on your scope of work, floor plans will be required that display the existing and proposed conditions of the work area. (Commercial spaces require plans stamped by a DC license design professional)

  3. All projects require a cost estimate to assess the total permit fee.

Application Process

  1. If you are submitting an application for a one- or two-family residential project, please use the DOB Permit Wizard. For all other projects, please click Apply for a Permit button below.

  2. Complete all required questions/fields (i.e. alteration and repair cost)

  3. Upload a formal quote, contract agreement, or MS report and submit to pay the filing fee.

  4. Your application will be reviewed for the next steps to begin the plan review process. Please view the plan review page for information on the types of plan reviews based on the scope of your project.


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