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Raze Permits

All raze permit applications in the District of Columbia are submitted to the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for clearance. The Department of Buildings (DOB) gives applicants a blank clearance letter to submit to HPO for this purpose.

Please Note:

While the Historic Preservation Office is closed and employees are teleworking, we continue to accept and process Raze Applications via email.
Please scan the following into pdf or jpg file(s):
1.    HPO Clearance Letter for subject property
2.    Pages one and two of the application that identifies the specific structure(s) the applicant intends to raze.
3.    And, if possible, at least one photo of the front façade of the structure.

Please send the application package via email to: [email protected]

What is a raze permit?

A raze permit is authorization for complete demolition of a building or structure. A raze permit may also be required if most of a building is to be demolished.

Why does HPO review all raze permit applications?

HPO clearance of raze applications safeguards against demolition of historic properties by accident or without proper public notice. HPO also ensures that raze applications subject to review under the DC historic preservation law are processed appropriately.

Historic Preservation Review

The procedures for historic preservation review of raze applications are different for historic and non-historic property. Public notice is required in both circumstances. Please see "Preservation Review of Raze Applications" at the Related Content link below.

Public Review and Participation

Because building demolition is typically a matter of interest to affected residents and communities, DC law requires public notice of raze permit applications for both historic and non-historic property. In addition, the DC historic preservation law allows community groups to seek temporary and permanent protection for any property that may meet the criteria for historic landmark designation.

Please see the Related Content links below for "Public Review of Raze Permit Applications" and " Raze Permit Application Notices."

Where and How to Apply

You apply for a raze permit at the Department of Buildings (DOB). The DOB Website gives more information about how to apply.