Building Permits protect the residents, their families, communities, and buildings by ensuring all proposed work complies with current codes, standards, ordinances and construction techniques. Your building permit helps you and the District make sure that your development project is done safely and properly. A plan reviewer and a field inspector will carefully review your plans and work descriptions for compliance with DC's codes and regulations.
Building Permits are required for new construction or development in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). All development projects in SFHA must comply with the Title 12 DCMR - DC Construction Codes and Title 20 DCMR Chapter 31 - Flood Hazard Rules.
The Permit Service Center at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is the first stop for your building permit application process. The application package can be picked up at the Permit Service Center. You also can access it through DCRA's website.
DC's Rules and Regulations for floodplain management development:
You may refer to the Code of Federal Regulations, 44 CFR for the minimum NFIP requirements.
After submitting a building permit application at DCRA, for any development project in a Special Flood Hazard Area the reviewing agencies (i.e., DCRA, DDOE and HSEMA) will review and approve the permit in accordance with the Floodplain Review Flowchart. The applicant shall address and revise the plan accordingly to obtain the approval from all agencies before the building permit can be issued by DCRA.
The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is responsible for ensuring that any development project in the SFHA develops an evacuation plan that will not conflict with other evacuation plans.