Agency launches guides for permitting process, constructing ramps


As part of its new “Safe & Simple” initiative, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has introduced two new offerings: a guide for building ramps, and a video to help customers navigate the agency’s permitting process.

The ramp guide (available at provides step-by-step instructions to help homeowners and contractors prepare an application for an entry ramp, covering relevant zoning requirements and construction codes. Following the guidelines should help most applicants obtain a ramp permit within just one business day, according to an agency release. Officials say the guide is especially geared toward seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age.

Meanwhile, a new “whiteboard-style” video (available on YouTube at guides viewers through the agency’s permitting process, offering tips for submitting complete plans and avoiding common application mistakes.

The department launched its “Safe & Simple” initiative in February, with the goal of improving its services for residents and customers. Initial offerings included online scheduling options for appointments and permit-based inspections, along with a new guide for building decks. The agency plans to roll out other how-to guides for basements and other common renovations later this year, according to the release.