Zoning Handbook

The purpose of the RF-2 zone is to provide for areas proximate to Dupont Circle predominantly developed with attached row houses within which no more than 2 dwellings are permitted.

The RF-2 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;
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  • 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 RF-2 zone requires a scale of development consistent with the nature and character of the Dupont Circle area in height and bulk and ensures a general compatibility in the scale of new buildings with older, low scale buildings.

The RF-2 zone permits a maximum of 2 dwelling units which may both be located within the principal structure or 1 dwelling unit each may be located within the principal structure and an accessory structure. 

Development Standards
Height (ft.)1, 2 Stories Lot Occupancy Front Setback Rear Yard (ft.) Side Yard (ft.)3, 4, 5 Zoning Regulation Reference
RF-2 60
for a place of worship
3 60% for detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, row dwellings and flats, and places or worship A front setback shall be provided that is within the range of existing front setbacks of all structures on the same side of the street in the block where the building is proposed. 20 None Subtitle E, Chapter 3
35
for all other structures
40%
for all other structures

Use Permissions Courtyards Pervious Surfaces Parking Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle U, Chapter 3 Subtitle E § 204 Subtitle E § 205 Subtitle C, Chapter 7 Subtitle C, Chapter 10

The maximum permitted height of an allowed penthouse will be 12 ft.
2 Permitted non residential buildings may construct penthouses for mechanical purposes of 18 ft. 6 in.
3 When a new dwelling or flat is erected that does not share a common division wall with an existing building or a building being constructed together with the new building, it shall have a side setback on each resulting free-standing side.
4 A side setback shall not be required along a side street abutting a corner lot in an RF zone.
5 No side setback is required for a principal building; however, any side setback provided on any portion of a principal building shall be at least five 5 ft. except as provided in this section.