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DDOT Requires Electronic Submission of Materials for Public Space Permit Applications

Beginning October 1, 2012, all applications for public space permits must include an electronic submission of all required materials. This can be done through the Document Upload feature of the District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) Transportation Online Permit System (TOPS).

Electronic submission of material is a fast, simple, safe, and convenient way to ensure your application will be processed in a timely, complete, and efficient manner. It also provides an automatic document retention system that prevents the loss of plans and the ability to retrieve plans automatically in the future.

DDOT's Public Space Regulation Division (PSRD) and the Office of Information Technology and Innovation (OITI) have worked together to develop TOPS, a state-of-the-art online permit processing system. The document upload feature includes automatic indexing and accepts documents in a variety of formats.

Training to use the TOPS Document Upload Feature

DDOT hosts training for all persons interested in using this innovative feature of its cutting edge program. Announcements of training dates and times will be announced shortly.

Scanning Services Available

PSRD can assist residential property owners submitting materials on their own behalf as well as small businesses not directly or indirectly associated with the property development and construction trades, by providing scanning services.

DDOT Permit Office - Permitting Center
1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Hour of operation are between 8:30 am to 4:15 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Note: The Permit Office is on the third floor. Applicants must go to the second floor to apply for permits.

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All other applicants and parties serving as agents for applicants are expected to provide their material electronically online. We strongly encourage everyone interested in this program to take advantage of our training.

If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact PSRD at (202) 442-4670. Our Customer Service office will assist.