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.

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TOPS will be unavailable for 15 minutes today, 09/25/2020 at 5:00 PM for scheduled maintenance. Please save your work and sign out prior to 5:00 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you,
PSRD Management.
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Press Release
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. September 21, 2020.
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. May 20, 2020
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
September 21, 2020
DDOT Releases TOPS Enhancement for Sidewalk Cafe Permits
Application Improvement Integrates Business License Verifications with DCRA’s API
Washington, D.C. – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today launched an enhanced key feature and new application design for Sidewalk Café permits. The enhancement now allows the individual unit number (where it exists) of the sidewalk café to be captured along with the location address for each permit. In addition, the enhancement allows real-time verification of business licenses to be done directly in the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) through D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Application Programming Interface (API) portal as part of the permitting process.

This key enhancement will allow real-time verification of business licenses and allow sidewalk café applicants to enter their DCRA license number and obtain license verification within TOPS. This API allows both websites (TOPS and DCRA’s licensing portal) to communicate with each other by allowing DCRA’s licensing data to be captured within TOPS, which is displayed in detail for applicants. Enhancement will provide real-time notification whether a license is valid or expired all within one location. This benefits applicants by providing up-to-date licensing information on their businesses, and their current statuses with DCRA and the District.

The new interface will benefit DDOT’s Permitting team who can now see actual licensing statuses that will allow for more accurate processing of Sidewalk Café applications; and assist DDOT’s Enforcement and Inspections Officers to ensure compliance in the public space.

Questions may be directed to DDOT’s Public Space Regulation Division, Customer Relations Branch at (202) 442-4670.
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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