January 24, 2022

New Local Resource: District of Columbia: DDOT Releases Online Public Space Permit Lookup Tool

From the DC Department of Transportation:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced it has added new features to its Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) that makes the program even more user friendly for the public.

Public Space Permit Lookup Tool

The GIS (geographic information system) enabled Public Space Permit Lookup Tool gives the public the ability to see permits on an interactive map. The user can enter a specific address or area and pull up all the Public Space Occupancy and Construction permits issued for that location or within that area, and see information including who the permits were granted to and for how long. They can also see permit applications that are pending approval and/or pending payment, and can export the data for the selected area in spreadsheet format.


The Permit Lookup Tool was developed in house by DDOT’s Office of Information Technology and Innovation (OITI) in partnership with the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). By utilizing OCTO’s mapping and geocoding services DDOT was able to develop a robust tool to better serve the public.

Another New Service: QR Coded Permits

Residents curious about what is happening in their neighborhood can now find out by scanning Quick Response (QR) Codes printed on the ‘Emergency No Parking’ and ‘Reserve Parking’ signs DDOT issues. Using a smart phone residents can download a free application that scans and reads QR codes, which are two-dimensional barcodes now used for a variety of purposes. Scanning a QR code on a ‘no parking’ sign will retrieve detailed information about why the sign was posted.

To learn about more new features, take a look at the complete DDOT announcement.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.