Zoning Handbook

The purposes of the D-7 zone are to permit high-density commercial development and, in conjunction with sub-area objectives and regulations, to reinforce Pennsylvania Avenue's unique role as a physical and symbolic link between the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

A building with frontage on a designated primary or secondary street shall meet the design requirements on Subtitle I § 602.

The following Downtown Sub-Areas are found within the D-7 zone: Downtown Retail Core, Downtown Arts, Pennsylvania Avenue, Chinatown.

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Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.)1 Height (ft.)2, 3 Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories 4 Lot Occupancy
(percentage)5
Rear Yard (ft.) Side Yard (ft.) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
D-7 None 160 (fronts on certain blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue) 20 100 2.5 in. per 1 ft. of vertical distance from the mean finished grade at the middle of the rear of the
structure to the highest point of the main roof or parapet, but not less than 12 ft.
If provided, at least 2 in. wide for each 1 ft. of height of building but no less than 5 ft. 0.20 Subtitle I, Chapter 5
10.0 (non-residential, fronts on right-of-way of at least 110 ft.) 130 (fronts on certain blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue) 1 plus mezzanine; Second story permitted for penthouse mechanical space
8.5 (non-residential, fronts on right-of-way of 110 ft. or less)

 

Use Permissions 6 Courtyards Parking 7 Loading Alley Lots Front Build-to 8
Subtitle U, Chapter 7 Subtitle I § 207 Subtitle C, Chapter 7 Subtitle C, Chapter 9 Subtitle I § 210 Subtitle I § 203

The D-7 zone is not subject to the Inclusionary Zoning provisions of Subtitle C, Chapter 10; however, a building in the D-7 zone may generate or use credits in accordance with Subtitle I, Chapters 8 and 9, which explains the credit system relating to Transferable Development Rights (“TDR”) or Combined Lot Development (“CLD”) rights.

The permitted Floor Area Ratio (“FAR”) and height of a building in the D-7 zone are based on the right-of-way width of the street upon which it fronts, as detailed in the table below.

No front setback is required, unless the development is subject to the front setback regulations of Subtitle I § 608 for a building fronting on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. or otherwise governed by a regulation referenced in Subtitle I § 608.


1 The maximum permitted density for a building shall be the density achievable within the height and bulk permitted by the zone and any applicable sub-area regulations: (a) All of the building’s FAR is devoted to residential use; (b) If all FAR exceeding the non-residential density permitted in Subtitle I § 569.3 is devoted to residential use; or (c) If conditions (a) or (b) are not satisfied through the employment of credits provided for by Subtitle I, Chapters 8 and 9.
2  Including a lot fronting on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 10th and 15th Streets, N.W., subject to the Pennsylvania Avenue sub-area regulations in Subtitle I § 608, and a lot fronting on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 9th and 10th Streets, N.W., subject to a Planned Unit Development and the Pennsylvania Avenue sub-area regulations in Subtitle I§ 608.
3 Including a lot fronting on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 9th and 10th Streets, N.W. shall be one hundred-thirty feet (130 ft.), subject to the Pennsylvania Avenue sub-area regulations in Subtitle I § 608.
4 Subject to any provisions of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation General Guidelines and Uniform Standards of 1974 as amended, where applicable.
5 Subject to applicable regulations governing courts, side or rear yards, front setback or build-to lines, easements or historic preservation.
6 Unless modified in in Subtitle I, Chapter 3 or by regulations governing a specific Downtown sub-area.
7 No parking is required in this zone, but parking spaces provided are subject to Subtitle C, Chapter 7.
8 Unless otherwise governed by a regulation referenced in Subtitle I § 608 for the Pennsylvania Avenue Sub-Area.