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DCRA Inspectors

Some good information to know about when you suspect illegal construction.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) now has inspectors who work 8am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday to conduct illegal construction inspections. During those hours, residents can call to report any observed or suspected illegal construction through a voicemail. Any messages left during weekend business hours will be immediately transmitted to an on-duty inspector. The on-duty inspector will then place a return call, acknowledging receipt of the complaint. When illegal construction is found, DCRA sanctions the offender through stop work orders and citations. A stop work order prohibits a permit holder from performing any additional work until the order is lifted. The most significant citations for illegal construction carry $2,000 per-violation fines.

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