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.

Press Release

DDOT Updates Payment Options in TOPS

Enhancement offers customers more flexibility with online payment options that have been implemented in phases. 

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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.

DDOT Introduces Small Cell Installation Map

DDOT launched an 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. 


Notice: 2023 Commercial Vehicle Annual Tags are Delayed
2022 tags will continue to be honored

Washington, DC – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Public Space Regulation Division, announces there is a delay in delivery and distribution of the 2023 Commercial Vehicle Annual Tags. 

The District of Columbia, in coordination with the Metropolitan Police Department, will continue to honor the 2022 Annual Tags until the new tags are available for distribution.

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DDOT Announces Updated Regulations for Public Space Inspections
Enforcement and Inspections now categorized under Civil Infractions

Washington, DC –The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that effective today, Public Space Inspections will officially inspect and enforce public space violations under Title 16 under the Civil Infractions Act of 1985. Previously, enforcement fell under the umbrella of DCMR Title 24 under Public Space and Safety, which regulates the occupation and use of public space. 

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DDOT Establishes New Permitting Process for After-Hours Permit
Activities in the Public Space

Washington, DC – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), effective immediately, will authorize after-hours permit activities in the public right-of-way. After-hours permit activites cover any work and operations conducted outside standard operating hours, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding public holidays.  

All private users of public space are required to obtain a permit from DDOT before occupation or excavation of the public right-of-way.

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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 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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