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This is what it looks like.

Via H-DC via Richard Layman, I recently got wind of a handy new tool for snooping on buildings from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs—a fairly user-friendly web application that looks up permits on any given address, and includes easy links to Bing maps, Google street view, inspections, remodels, most everything you’d want to know without the actual document images (hopefully that’s on the way).

Now, if only they could consolidate property records from the Recorder of Deeds, neighborhood statistics from the Citizen Atlas, tax assessments from real property services, and maybe even occupancy information from a service like CoStar into one place, we’d really be in business.

Mike Rupert of DCRA tells us that the site is still in beta, scheduled to launch with a comprehensive site redesign in a few weeks. If you’ve got suggestions, hit him up via email or on the twitter.