June 10, 2019
Content provided by: Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Permit Application Enhancements
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is streamlining the construction permitting process starting with updates to the online building permit application. This will be the first of a series of enhancements geared towards improving the customer application submittal experience.
Effective June 29, 2019, the following are required for all building permit applications at the specified time noted below:
At application submission:
- Documentation supporting the estimated construction value
Before permit issuance:
- Contractor, subcontractor and registered design professional information
In addition, the following changes will be made to the permit application system in the June 2019 release:
- Editing capability for contractor, subcontractor and registered design professional information before and after application submission
- Automatically populated information that includes building age
- Elimination of redundant information in the “Green Building” section
- Statistical data gathering for Opportunity Zone financing and Affordable Housing Projects
- Elimination of the requirement to submit a brand new application for permit revisions
Stay tuned to learn of additional application enhancements to come. Click here for more information and frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions regarding this communication, please contact DCRA’s Customer Service Department at DCRACS@dc.gov. DCRA actively uses feedback to improve our delivery and services; please take a minute to share your feedback on how we performed in our last engagement. Subscribe to receive DCRA news and updates.
May 13, 2019
Standing Up for District Workers
From the Office of the Attorney General
A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that low-wage workers lose an average of $64 per week—or more than $3,300 per year—when employers refuse to pay employees what they are rightfully owed. This is called “wage theft” and it is illegal in the District of Columbia.
In instances where employers take advantage of their workers, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can take legal action to hold them accountable. Last week, we announced our largest wage theft win to date. OAG secured a settlement with Airway Sheet Metal Co. that will provide more than $100,000 in unpaid wages to 40 workers. Our investigation found evidence that, from 2015 to 2017, Airway failed to properly pay its workers overtime rates and failed to provide them with any paid sick leave, as required by District law.
Last year, OAG stepped up wage theft enforcement after working with the D.C. Council on legislation granting the agency independent authority to investigate and bring these cases. To date, OAG has obtained over $250,000 in judgments and settlements against businesses that have stolen wages from District workers.
If you believe your rights have been violated by your employer, report it to OAG at (202) 442-9854 or submit a complaint to the Department of Employment Services. Workers can also learn about their rights to fair wages, overtime pay, and sick leave with our free resources.
OAG will continue to hold employers accountable when they fail to pay workers what they have rightfully earned.
Karl A. Racine
April 19, 2019
ACE representatives where among the large group of legislative clients, elected representatives, friends, and family members who attended a tribute honoring David Bailey of David Bailey Associates on April 16, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Bailey was recognized for his 40+ years of non-partisan involvement in the political process within the Commonwealth.