When buying or renovating a home in the District, there are a number of policies and regulations that guide what you are and aren't allowed to do with the property.
Here are the most frequently used resources for researching the background and requirements for any residential property in the District, plus requirements for the most common home renovation and improvement projects.
This information is intended as a general guideline. There are a number of other factors that could affect what you can do with your property. Be sure you check with us for exact requirements before you make any decisions.
Rules for common home improvement projects
Many of the more common types of home improvement projects — from building a deck to installing a secondary suite — require you to apply for necessary permits before you begin work.
Learn about special building requirements
Development Permit Areas (DPAs) are special zones that include specific requirements for development or alteration of the land. If a property is within a DPA, you may need a development permit for some types of work.
Review the District zoning map and bylaw
A building and its structures need to conform to the regulations for its zone. If you want to do something with a property that is not permitted, you will need to have the property rezoned.
Get property tax records, assessments, and other info
Search on any District home by street address to get a report on property taxes for current and previous year, assessed home value, tax levys, utility charges, and more.
View a history of building and trades permits
Find out if building or trades permits have been issued for any home in the District, using the home's street address.
Learn what you can build on any residential lot
Considering building a new house, addition, garage, or other accessory building? Look up the total size, dimensions, and location of all of the buildings allowed on a lot.