New TOPS Users
All first-time public space permit applicants need to register as a TOPS user to establish an account. Just click on "Register" and follow the prompts and instructions. You may register as a home owner, tenant, contractor, business or as an organization, individual or agent. To help you remember your TOPS user name, we suggest using your email address.

Once registered, the system makes it easy for you to log into your account anytime to apply for a permit, edit your application, upload plans electronically, or check the status of your application.

Search for Permit
Please select a Permit Type and enter Tracking or Permit Number.

Apply for new permit
TOPS makes it easy to apply for the type of permit you want - just follow the prompts and instructions.

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Press Release

Public Space Activation

The District Department of Transportation aims to prioritize people-centric design and management of public spaces, fostering a sense of livability while enhancing accessibility, sustainability, safety, and placemaking. Read more

Small Cell Update

New option to bundle: New review process when applying for Small Cell Construction Permit

The Public Space Committee Hosts Monthly Virtual Hearings

Hearings are the fourth Thursday of the month (except November & December), starting at 9 a.m.
Visit the Public Space Committee website for updated agendas and information. See Preliminary June Agenda

DDOT Introduces Small Cell Installation Map

DDOT launches interactive real-time map capturing Small Cell technology, showing real time location and supporting data. Read Press Release for Small Cell Installation MapClick here for training materials. 


Suspension of Work in the District of Columbia
Observance of Juneteenth
Wednesday, June 19, 2024  

(Washington, DC) - In observance of Juneteenth, there is a suspension of work on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Lane closures and work zones will not be allowed for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys and sidewalks within the District's right of way.

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DDOT Announces Update to the Design and Engineering Manual Requirements
 Updated Guidelines are in Effect as of March 28, 2024

Washington, DC -- The District Department of Transportation today announced recent updates to the Design and Engineering Manual (DEM), which will impact multiple stakeholders in the District of Columbia.

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Temporary Sidewalk Table Service Permits Have Expired in 2023
PSI officers are issuing Stop Work Orders for expired permits

Washington, DC - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is issuing a reminder that Temporary Sidewalk Table Service permits have expired, as of May 31, 2023. Operations under these permits will be issued Stop Work Orders by Public Space Inspections and Enforcement officers. Permittees have 24 hours to cease operations once they receive their SWOs.

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System Overview
This online system enables home owners, tenants, and businesses alike to apply for the specific type of public space occupancy, construction, excavation, annual or rental permit required for use of the public space within the District of Columbia. Whether you need to occupy metered and unmetered curbside parking, sidewalk, alley or travel lane areas for your activity or construction related work, TOPS will work for you. If you are a developer or are in need of a zoning plan review through the Development Review Branch, TOPS will work for you as well.

Additional Information

For additional public space permitting information, please visit our web site at

You can conveniently create a TOPS account, access it, and apply for a permit from anywhere using your laptop or PC. For Emergency No Parking (ENP) Sign or Reserved Parking Sign printing, please visit one of our designated kiosks. Click here to locate the nearest kiosk. You may also contact DDOT at (202)442-4670.

District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Permits Customer Direct Service Center

1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor, Washington DC, 20024
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Thursday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Office of the DC Treasurer:
1101 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
(You can pay Permit Fees and Deposits online or at the Treasurer's office.)

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Public Space Permit Lookup Tool
Also available is the Public Space Permit Lookup Tool that is enabled by Geographic Information System (GIS). This tool gives you the ability to see permits on an interactive map.
Click here to view a map for Commercial Use of Public Space.

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