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 Self Help

The Self-Help program is managed by DPW.

The Fire Prevention Branch is required to review all Self-Help drawings prior to work beginning, this is to ensure all life safety concerns are addressed.

Self-Help and Permission Only Work Orders

  • Self-Help – The Self-Help program provides the customer a mechanism to perform basic facilities maintenance.  After a condensed approval process, your unit rep will give you approval to purchase work materials and allow you to perform the work. 

    If self-help is within your capabilities, annotate “self-help” on your DA Form 4283 and include a completed bill of materials (BOM) along with the sketches/ drawings detailing the scope of work.  As with all our construction projects, our team of subject matter experts will offer technical advice, provide oversight, and inspect your project on completion.  Examples of self-help projects:  Painting, ceiling tile/floor replacement, grounds maintenance/landscaping, and fencing.
  • Permission only – “Permission Only” work orders allow the customer to perform improvements within their own source of execution.  Requests must still be approved for permission prior to execution and inspected by the DPW post-execution.  To request this option please annotate “Permission Only” on your DA Form 4283.


Self-Help Program


The purpose of Self-Help is to enable facility repair and upgrade through the use of the unit’s internal capabilities.  Units have the ability to order and pick up materials required to do small repairs, not requiring specialized equipment or technical expertise, on their facilities.


  • Minor routine repairs such as changing light bulbs, spot painting, fixing hinges, etc. can be performed by the unit utilizing materials drawn against their assigned account.  

  • Design/sketches and specification, etc., must be approved by DPW in order to promote maintainability.

  • Construction permit must be obtained from DPW prior to start of any work.


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