Zones Overview

District of Columbia Zone Districts

Welcome to the District of Columbia Zoning Handbook. This Zoning Handbook is a guide to the  official Zoning Regulations of 2016.

Zoning is a technical subject, but it affects everyone. To make the District of Columbia’s zoning law and processes more understandable and accessible we have developed this handbook. The Handbook is intended to help the citizens of Washington, DC understand and participate in the zoning process. Please be advised, however, it is not intended as a substitute for the Zoning Regulations and the Zoning Regulations should be consulted if there are any questions.

The Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia (ZC) voted unanimously to adopt the new text of the 2016 Zoning Regulations and map amendments to implement that text on January 14, 2016. The final text of the 2016 Zoning Regulations was published in the DC Register on March 4, 2016, and the 2016 Zoning Regulations become effective on September 6, 2016. The 2016 Zoning Regulations are codified in Title 11, District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), and the official version is published by the District’s Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances (ODAI). An unofficial copy of the Zoning Regulations, including a searchable pdf version of the complete document, can be found here.

This Zoning Handbook contains a description of all the new zone districts and describes a number of important zoning concepts and recently enacted changes to the Zoning Regulations. The Handbook was developed to ease the transition to a new ordinance by giving explanations and illustrations for key elements of the new Zoning Regulations. We hope that it proves useful to aid in everyone’s understanding of the new ordinance and participation in the zoning processes.

Sara Benjamin Bardin

Sara Benjamin Bardin
Director, District of Columbia Office of Zoning