The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) developed an online permit system (TOPS) that uses a number of internal calculators to compute the various fees associated with public space permits. In an effort to increase transparency, DDOT provides a number of downloadable calculators to serve as customer tools in estimating the various fees associated with a specific permit.
Public Inconvenience Fee Calculator
The Public Inconvenience Fee is associated with extended temporary occupancy of public space, including sidewalks, alleys, or roadways. This fee serves as an incentive to use public space more efficiently, enhance public mobility and return the use of the sidewalk, alley or roadway to the general public in a timely fashion.
The public inconvenience fee will not be charged during the one-time 30-day grace period for each project to encourage a shorter period of inconvenience to the public.
To enable public space users to better plan for this new fee, DDOT developed a one-time phase-in schedule for the implementation of this fee that considers the project scope and size. In addition, the fee will not be applied to extensions or renewals of existing permits for current on-going projects-provided the original permit was applied for prior to February 4, 2011, or the project implementation date as it is phased in per 24 DCMR §§ 225.11. Also, monthly caps (maximum allowed fee) for travel lanes, sidewalks and alleys limit the fees charged for each block.
Additionally, a Pedestrian Walkway Credit of 100% will be applied to all public sidewalks served by either an open or covered walkway per guidelines shown in the DDOT Pedestrian Safety and Work Zone Standards - Covered and Open Walkaways.
Steel Plate Fee Calculator
Having steel plates on the roadway poses a significant safety hazard to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The intent of this fee is to discourage the use of steel plates and encourage the immediate back-fill of excavations and trenches so as to ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods within the District.
The fee applies to the steel plates used to temporarily cover excavations and trenches in the roadway. The steel plate fee will be computed based on the total number of plates, the length of time they are in the roadway and the time of year. The summer calculator is used to estimate the fee from April 1st through October 31st and the winter calculator is used to estimate the fee from November 1st through March 31st.