5 surprising home projects that need a building permit in D.C.
D.C. building permits
Before tackling any home improvement project in Washington, D.C. — no matter how minor — you should ask yourself, “Do I need a permit for that?”
As you'd expect, adding on a room addition requires a building permit in D.C. But, so does using fire-retardant paint.
Different is one thing, but for Washingtonians, building permit requirements in D.C. can seem downright odd.
For instance, check out these five things you might be surprised to learn require a building permit in Washington, D.C.:
- Repairing a fence up to a height of 7 feet
- Interior demolition of a non-bearing wall
- Application of fire-retardant paint
- Installation of a construction trailer
- Repairs of existing fire escapes
As the homeowner, the ultimate responsibility falls on you to follow the proper building permit procedures, not the contractors who are working for you, Sirvain advises.
“A lot of builders aren’t as good as they should be,” Sirvain says.
That's why it's so important to find highly rated D.C.-area home builders and remodelers familiar with your city's permit requirements.
There is some good news when it comes to D.C.'s building permit process: Applications for some home renovation projects can be made online and be approved with just a few quick clicks.
Other building projects, however, may require a 30-day review period.
Visit the city's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs for more information about the application process and costs.