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All raze permit applications in the District of Columbia are submitted to the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for clearance. The Department of Buildings (DOB) gives applicants a blank clearance letter to submit to HPO for this purpose.


While the Historic Preservation Office is closed and employees are teleworking, we continue to accept and process Raze Applications via email.Please scan the following into pdf or jpg file(s):1. HPO Clearance Letter for subject property2. Pages one and two of the application that identifies the specific structure(s) the applicant intends to raze.3. And, if possible, at least one photo of the front façade of the structure.

HPO clearance of raze applications safeguards against demolition of historic properties by accident or without proper public notice. HPO also ensures that raze applications subject to review under the DC historic preservation law are processed appropriately.

The procedures for historic preservation review of raze applications are different for historic and non-historic property. Public notice is required in both circumstances. Please see "Preservation Review of Raze Applications" at the Related Content link below.

Because building demolition is typically a matter of interest to affected residents and communities, DC law requires public notice of raze permit applications for both historic and non-historic property. In addition, the DC historic preservation law allows community groups to seek temporary and permanent protection for any property that may meet the criteria for historic landmark designation.

1540s, "completely destroy," an alteration of racen "pull or knock down" (a building or town), from earlier rasen (14c.), etymologically "to scratch, slash, scrape, erase," from Old French raser "to scrape, shave," from Medieval Latin rasare, frequentative of Latin radere (past participle rasus) "to scrape, shave." This has cognates in Welsh rhathu, Breton rahein "to scrape, shave." Watkins says it is "possibly" from an extended form of the PIE root *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw." But de Vaan writes, "Since this word family is only found in Italo-Celtic, a PIE origin is uncertain." From 1560s as "shave off, remove by scraping," also "cut or wound slightly, graze." Related: Razed; razing.

""to rub or wear away; rub or scrape off," 1670s, from Latin abradere "to scrape off, shave away," from ab "off" (see ab-) + radere "to scrape" (see raze (v.)). Abrase, from the stem of the Latin verb, is attested from 1590s. Related: Abraded; abrading.

The facility being razed must be inspected for the presence of asbestos-containing materials prior to beginning the project. Notification must be submitted to the DNR regardless of whether or not asbestos is present and a copy of the inspector's report must be furnished the Village of Menomonee Falls Building Department. All regulated asbestos-containing material must be properly removed before beginning the project. 041b061a72


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