hopefully i'm wrong.
"For decades it has been extremely frustrating to get a permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs," Fenty said. "You go down to 941 [North Capitol St.] or its predecessor and you ran around in circles before you left in frustration or got someone to [get a permit] for you. All of that has started to change."
apparently home despot has a kiosk to make getting a permit easier.