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DDOT Announces New Project Module for Construction Permit Applications in TOPS

Friday, September 8, 2017


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DDOT Announces New Project Module for Construction Permit Applications in TOPS

(Washington, DC) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced a new feature in the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS). Applicants using TOPS can now combine multiple construction permit applications under one project.

A "project" is defined as work within the District of Columbia for which one or more DDOT permits can be obtained to perform work in the public space. During the permit application submission, TOPS will display a list of projects to select from, and associate the permit application in the following manner:

  • If the permit location falls within any of the active projects in TOPS, applicants can select any of these projects regardless of their association with the projects.
  • The applicant has the ability to select any active project entered by his or her company.
  • The applicant has the ability to select any active project where his or her company plays a role (for example, as a subcontractor or agent).

Connecting or associating a permit application with a project is not mandatory; but, it is highly recommended because it streamlines the application review process.

Key enhancements of the new feature include the following:

  • Utility companies can select and associate all active projects within TOPS.
  • Permittees can add a project or review, and edit an existing project from the “My Account” page in TOPS.
  • Applicant has the ability to add project details such as description of work, project coordinator, tentative start and end date, and project location.
  • A project coordinator can add other companies to a project such as the general contractor or sub contractors.
  • A project coordinator can assign a status to a project such as active, inactive, complete etc.
  • Projects can be added from the Development Plan Review option on the “My Account” page in TOPS.

For more information regarding DDOT’s Public Space Regulation Division, which manages permits in the public space, contact (202) 442-4670 or click TOPS to access the online permitting system.


The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

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