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The Office of Public Records will resume its public research hours for walk-in researchers to the 1300 Naylor Court NW location on February 15, 2022. All inquiries can be submitted via our [email protected] portal or telephone at (202) 671-1105.

For Notary Services: Contact (202) 727-3117, Open for walk-in 9 am - 1 pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays, Location: 441 4th Street, NW.

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Building Permits and Architectural Plans

To request building permits and blue prints or technical drawings, researchers must visit the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, at 1100 4th Street, SW, or submit a request online (note that you are looking for assistance with "building permits and plans" and the put the address of the property in the box for more information). DCRA staff will route your request to the DC Archives if appropriate. DC Archives staff will process your request and contact you to schedule an appointment to review or pick up documents.

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Office of the Secretary
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Contact Phone: 
(202) 671-1105
Contact Fax: 
(202) 727-6076
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Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 5 pm