Zoning Handbook

The Mixed-Use (MU) zones provide for mixed-use developments that permit a broad range of commercial, institutional, and multiple dwelling unit residential development at varying densities. The MU-15 through MU-22 zones specifically cover the Dupont Circle area with the intention of protecting and enhancing the unique characteristics of the neighborhood.

The purposes of the Dupont Circle Mixed-Use zones are to:

  • Require a scale of development consistent with the nature and character of the Dupont Circle area in height and bulk and ensure a general compatibility in the scale of new buildings with older, low-scale buildings;
  • Enhance the residential character of the area by maintaining existing residential uses and controlling the scale, location, and density of commercial and residential development;
  • Preserve areas planned as open gardens and backyards and protect the light, air, and privacy that they provide;
  • Enhance the streetscape by maintaining the public space in front of buildings as landscaped green spaces and limited curb cuts on Connecticut Avenue; and
  • Encourage greater use of public transportation and the free circulation of vehicles through public streets and alleys.

The MU-15 zone is intended to permit moderate-density areas predominantly developed with residential buildings.

mu-15
Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.) Height (ft.) Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories Lot Occupancy
(percentage)
Rear Yard (ft.)1, 2 Side Yard (ft.) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
MU-15 4.0 65 12
(1 story)
100 12 ft No side yard is required; however, if a side yard is provided it shall be at least two inches (2 in.) wide for each one foot (1 ft.) of height of building, but no less than five feet (5 ft.). 0.30 Subtitle G, Chapter 6
4.8 (IZ) 70 (IZ) 18 ft. 6 in. (Second story permitted for penthouse mechanical space) A side yard for a detached single dwelling unit or semi-detached single dwelling unit shall be a minimum of eight feet (8 ft.).
2.5 (non-residential)

Use Permissions Courts Parking Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle U, Chapter 5 Subtitle G § 202 Subtitle C, Chapter 7 Subtitle C, Chapter 10

1 Where a lot abuts an alley, the rear yard may be measured from the center line of the alley to the rear wall of the building or other structure; and
2 Where a lot does not abut an alley, the rear yard shall be measured from the rear lot line to the rear wall of the building or other structure.