Online Postcard Permit Application and Issuance

DCRA now lets you apply for, pay for and receive a postcard permit online.

You may apply for permits by using a special postcard issued that DCRA issues, for a scope of work within the limitations of DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR) ยง - Use of postcard permits is subject to the terms and conditions printed on the applicant's copy of the postcard permit form.

Postcard permits are not:

  • substitutes for permits that require approval by boards or government agencies;
  • accepted for work on the exterior of buildings or structures located in historic and fine arts districts, or on historically designated structures.

You're responsible for:

  • getting confirmation from DCRA that the proposed scope of work can be done under a postcard permit;
  • following the terms and conditions printed on the postcard permit; and
  • paying by credit card.

View acceptable scope of work conditions for postcard permits (see DCMR Title 12 Section 105.5.4).

Only DC homeowners, and contractors licensed in the District of Columbia can apply for postcard permits.

After you complete the application, the postcard permit is issued as an Adobe PDF file. You'll be able to print the file and save it on your computer.

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If you have any questions or comments, please call the Permits Customer Service Center at (202) 442-4589.

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