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 offers customers more flexibility with online payment options including eCheck that has been implemented in phases. 

Read More

DDOT Releases TOPS Enhancement for Sidewalk Cafe Permits
Please see this training on accessing the enhancement while applying for Sidewalk Café permits. Read More

Enhanced Emergency No Parking Signs enforced since 2018. Read More

DDOT Takes Major Step Toward More Open Data 
Traffic control plans (TCPs) for occupancy permits at construction staging areas are available for viewing online. Read More.


Suspension of Work in the District of Columbia   

Observance of Labor Day
Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5, 2022

In observance of Labor Day and pursuant to section 103.01 Article 17 item C of the District’s Standard Specifications for Highways and Structures, there will be a suspension of work in the District from 12 p.m., Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5, 2022­­.



TOPS Receives a “Nip and Tuck” 
Online permitting page gets an updated and modern look

Washington, DC – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced that it made minor changes and tweaks to the appearance of the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS).

For more than a decade, online permit users applied and paid for their public space permits, and Emergency No Parking signs. However, it is time for a fresh new look.

Read more


Contact: Public Space Committee

 The Public Space Committee Will Host a Virtual August Hearing

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Public Space Committee (PSC) will host a virtual Public Space Committee hearing on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 9 a.m. The PSC will hear cases on its consent and general agendas. Permit applicants from June, July and August are scheduled to be heard. See the most updated PSC agenda.

Read More.

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.)

Frequently Asked
Space Fees
Search Permits
and Applications
TOPS Safe Accommodation
Fees and Deposits
Suspension of work
PSC Calendar
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.

d.TOPS Version 16.33