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How to Apply for HPO Expedited Review

To apply for expedited historic preservation review by the Historic Preservation Office (HPO), follow the steps below.

Step 1: Prepare the Application

Determine if your project qualifies for expedited review. Consult the HPO website for information on submission requirements. Prepare the permit application and supporting materials. If you have questions, contact the HPO staff person assigned to your neighborhood.

Step 2: Submit the Application

Submit the application at the Permit Center of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), at 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd floor. Applications must be made in person. Go to the information desk and follow the permit intake procedures. Consult with the HPO staff at Desk 10.

If your application is complete and meets HPRB standards, HPO will clear it for final permit processing. If HPO needs time for a site visit, flag test, or internal consultation, you may be asked to leave the application for review. The assigned staff person will contact you for any follow-up or to notify you when the application is ready to pick up for final permit processing. This is typically no more than five days after you apply.

If your application is incomplete or inconsistent with HRPB standards, HPO will explain your options for revising the plans or submitting the project to HPRB.

Step 3: Obtain the Permit

Once HPO has cleared the application, complete the final steps in the DCRA permit process. There is no fee for the HPO review, but the normal permit fee is applied at issuance.