Zoning Handbook

The Zoning Commission, with the advice and consultation of the National Capital Planning Commission, holds public hearings on and reviews all airspace development in the District of Columbia. Airspace includes all of the air rights above public streets and alleys within the District.

Airspace cases may be processed as a part of a design review, Planned Unit Development, or project-specific rezoning application.

Zoning Commission review may impose conditions or restrictions on airspace development in order to ensure:

  • Compatibility with surrounding private property;
  • The accessibility of the public to traverse as appropriate the public space;
  • A high quality design of any building, landscape or public realm;
  • Appropriate treatment and protection of viewsheds; and
  • No undue adverse impacts on the surrounding area.

For more information on the following topic, please see the corresponding referenced section: