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.

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.

Press Release
DDOT Updates Payment Options Within TOPS
Enhancement will offer customers more flexibility with online payment options including eCheck that will be implemented in phases
Rush-Hour Restrictions to be Restored Starting June 1.
DDOT Releases TOPS Enhancement for Sidewalk Cafe Permits
Please see this training powerpoint on how to access the enhancement while applying for a Sidewalk Café permit.
DDOT Advisory – PUDO Zones

DDOT Establishes Temporary Permit for Restaurant Pick Up Drop Off Zones.

Please see this training powerpoint and Short & Sweet video on how to apply for the temporary Restaurant Pick Up Drop Off zones.
DDOT Announces Enhanced Emergency No Parking Signs. Signs enforced since July 1, 2018
Traffic control plans (TCPs) for occupancy permits at construction staging areas are available for viewing online.
TOPS Sign Printing Options
DDOT’s Online Public Space Occupancy Map
DDOT’s Mobile App for Public Space Permit Information
November 23, 2021

Contact: Public Space Committee


The Public Space Committee Will Host a Virtual December Hearing

(Washington, DC): The District of Columbia Public Space Committee (PSC) will host a virtual Public Space Committee hearing on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 9 a.m.

For more information please see PSC Press Release for December 2021

October 28, 2021

Second Phase of Enhanced Payment Options Released Within TOPS

(Washington, DC):Effective Tuesday, November 2, customers can enter payment information online and pay for Construction and Tree Fund permits through the new Paymentus System. TOPS users now have more options to pay fees and deposits.

For more information please see Second Phase of Enhanced Payment Options

October 15, 2021

Updates to the Commercial Vehicle Loading Zone Annual Permit: One-Day Permits Accepted Until December

(Washington, DC):The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) states that the agency will begin to accept the 2022 Loading Zone Annual Permit applications on Monday, November 15, 2021. These permits provide commercial vehicles access to loading zones throughout the District of Columbia.

For more information please see Issuance of 2021 Commercial Vehicle Annual Tags
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 may also contact our main office for additional information at-
District Department of Transportation (DDOT):
1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-442-4670
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 online or at the Treasurer's office. Deposits can be paid only 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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