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.

Apply for new permit
TOPS makes it easy to apply for the type of permit you want - just follow the prompts and instructions. When you finish entering the required information and click submit and your permit application may be approved automatically or you may receive a tracking number which may be referenced later.If you are prompted for additional documentation during the process, the documents or plans may be uploaded electronically, or submitted in person to public space staff at the Permit Center located on the second floor at 1100 4th Street SW. Public space staff will ask for your tracking number.

Press Release
DDOT Offering Mobile App for Public Space Permit Information
DDOT Upgrades Transportation Online Permitting System
New Public Space Application Fees Begin on July 1, 2013
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. 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.

Additional Information
For additional public space permitting information, please visit our web site at If you are using a DDOT Kiosk please use the computers available in the Permit Center to browse other sites. You cannot browse other sites on this computer. You may also contact our main office at 202-442-4670 for additional information. Thank you.
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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.

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