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“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for advice on fence permitting in DC. We’re first time home buyers who just bought in Brightwood and are looking to put up a backyard privacy fence. There’s already a little brick “fence” separating our yard and our neighbor’s (we believe its our neighbors fence). Looking online it seems that there’s a few different portals I’m supposed to use (MissUtility/DC Permitting) and I need to get the neighbor’s permission. Can anyone speak to what exactly needs to be done? And how quickly DC permitting moves? We don’t close until the 23rd of Aug but are hoping to put the fence up over Labor Day weekend and it looks like we can’t register the request in the portal until after closing. (Knock on wood). Any and all advice is appreciated.

Thank you!!!!”

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