Certificate of Occupancy Review Process

Projects regulated under either the Green Construction Code and Green Building Act will be reviewed by the DCRA Green Building Division at application for the first certificate of occupancy (CO) for a floor above grade and subsequent certificate of occupancies.  This includes Core and Shell CO, Conditional CO and temporary CO.

Process for Projects Subject to the Green Building Act

Green Building Act (GBA) (§ 6-1451.05 Financial security) 

Privately-Owned and Financed Projects:

  1. Division will review progress with LEED certification on LEED Online page

  2. Submit a financial security by one of four methods:

    1. Binding Pledge: a copy of the recorded pledge, signed by the project owner and the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG), is required to be submitted. The pledge agreement must be in a form approved by OAG.

    2. Green Bond: 80% of the amount of the potential fine posted as a bond benefitting the District is required to be submitted.

    3. Cash: 80% of the amount of the potential fine deposited into an escrow account in a financial institution in the District in the names of the applicant and the District.  A copy of the binding escrow agreement is required to be submitted.

    4. Irrevocable letter of Credit: 80% of the amount of the potential fine posted as in Irrevocable Letter of Credit benefitting the District is required to be submitted.Publicly-financed or Owned Projects

Publicly-Owned and Publicly Projects:

  1. Division will review progress with LEED certification on LEED Online page, or Enterprise Green Communities certification at Green Communities Online Portal, as applicable

Process for Projects Subject to the Green Construction Code

Green Construction Code Projects

  1. Demonstrate approved Preliminary and Final Green Inspections.  Click here to schedule green inspections.

  2. Verify the following documents have been reviewed and approved:

    1. Submit completed Construction Waste Management Form and haul receipts.

    2. Submit Indoor Air Quality Plan.

    3. As applicable, submit Material Selection Calculation.

    4. As applicable, submit Preliminary Commissioning Report.

Alternative Compliance Pathways

  1. Enterprise Green Communities

    • Confirm access to online Green Communities Certification Portal has been granted to DCRA and "Pre-build" approval has been certified by Enterprise.

      • If DCRA does not have access to the online portal, the Owner of the project must complete this waiver form, email it to Enterprise at certification@enterprisecommunity.org requesting DCRA have access to the online account for the project.

  2. LEED 

    1. Confirm access to LEED Online account has been granted to DCRA.

    2. DCRA may request an update on the project's LEED certification progress if the LEED Online does not show sufficient points have been attempted/awarded or there is no activity.

  3. National Green Building Standard (ICC 700)

    1. Submit a copy of the Rough and Final Inspection Report form from accredited verifier

    2. Submit a copy of Verification Report from accredited verifier

  4. ASHRAE 189.1

    1. Demonstrate approved Preliminary and Final Green Inspections.  Click here to schedule green inspections.

    2. Verify the following documents have been reviewed and approved:

      1. Submit completed Construction Waste Management Form and haul receipts.
      2. As applicable, submit Preliminary Commissioning Report.