Zoning Handbook

The RA-8 zone is intended to:

  • Recognize the Dupont Circle area is a unique resource in the District of Columbia that must be preserved and enhanced;
  • Provide strong protections to retain its low scale, predominantly residential character, independent small retail businesses, human scale streetscapes, and historic character;
  • Enhance the residential character of the area by maintaining existing residential uses and controlling the scale and density of 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
  • Encourage greater use of public transportation and the free circulation of vehicles through public streets and alleys.

The RA-8 zone provides for areas developed with predominantly moderate-density apartments.

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Residential Buildings
Floor Area Ratio (max.)1 Height (ft.)2, 3, 4 Penthouse Height (ft.)/
Stories
Lot Occupancy Rear Yard (ft.) Side Yard (ft.) Green Area Ratio (min.) Zoning Regulation Reference
RA-8 1.8 50 12 ft. / 15 ft. for mechanical space 60% 15 ft.; or a distance equal to 4 in. per 1 ft. of principal building height If provided,no less than 4 ft. 0.40 Subtitle F, Chapter 3
1 /
2nd story permitted for mechancial space
8 ft. for a detached or semi-detached dwelling

Use Permissions Courtyards Pervious Surfaces Parking Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle U, Chapter 4 Subtitle F § 202 Subtitle F § 205 Subtitle C, Chapter 7 Subtitle C, Chapter 10

1 See Subtitle F § 201 for general Density guidelines.
2 A place of worship may be erected to a height of 60 ft.; provided, that it shall not exceed the number of stories permitted in the district in which it is located.
3 An institutional building or structure may be erected to a height not exceeding 90 ft., provided that the building or structure shall be removed from all lot lines of its lot a distance of not less than 1 ft. for each 1 ft. of height in excess of that authorized in the district in which it is located.
4 Except as provided in Subtitle F §§ 203.2 and 203.3, a building or other structure may be erected to a height not exceeding 90 ft., provided that the building or structure shall be removed from all lot lines of its lot for a distance equal to the height of the building or structure above the natural grade.
5 A side setback shall not be required along a side street abutting a corner lot.