DOB Construction – Jobs and Permits

What is the difference between a job (application) and a permit?

Job applications are overall plans filed with the Department of Buildings, outlining development, changes, or alterations with a property. Permits are issued by the DOB in response to a job application, granting permission to perform specific work. While jobs remain open until they are signed off or withdrawn, permits expire within a certain timeframe and must be renewed. Failure to obtain permits can result in severe violations and fines, while failure to close open jobs can delay property transactions and possibly invite scrutiny from the Department.

Click here to view a list of job statuses and permit types.

  • NB Jobs: New Buildings
  • ALT 1 Jobs: Major alterations changing use, egress, or occupancy
  • ALT2 Jobs: Multiple types of work not affecting use, egress, or occupancy
  • ALT3 Jobs: One type of minor work not affecting use, egress, or occupancy

While some work does not require a permit, the contractor involved must have a DCA home improvement contractor license.

 


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