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-16 zone is intended to permit medium-density areas predominantly developed with residential buildings.

mu-16
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-16 6.0 90 20 (1 story plus mezzanine) 100 12 ft. None required; however, if a side yard is provided it shall be at least 2 in. wide for each 1 ft. of height of building, but no less than 5 ft. 0.30 Subtitle G, Chapter 6
7.2 (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.).
3.5 (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.