The purposes of the Georgetown Residential House R-19 zone are to:

  • Protect the Georgetown National Historic Landmark District and its historic character, buildings and open space in a manner consistent with the goals and mandates of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978, and the Old Georgetown Act, approved September 22, 1950 (64 Stat. 903; D.C. Official Code §§ 6-1201-1206);
  • Protect the integrity of “contributing buildings,” as that term is defined by the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978;
  • Recognize the compatibility of any development with the purposes of the Old Georgetown Act and the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978;
  • Limit permitted ground coverage of new and expanded buildings and other construction to encourage a general compatibility between the siting of new or expanded buildings and the existing neighborhood; and
  • Retain the quiet residential character of these areas and control compatible nonresidential uses.

The R-19 zone is intended to protect quiet residential areas developed with detached dwellings and to permit detached houses on moderately sized lots.

r-19
Detached Dwelling Units
Height (ft.) /
Stories 1
Minimum Lot Width (ft.) / Area (sq. ft.) Lot Occupancy Front Setback Rear Yard (ft.)2,3 Side Yard (ft.)4 Previous Surface (minimum) Zoning Regulation Reference
R-19 35 50 60%
(Places of Worship)
A front setback shall be provided that is within the range of existing front setbacks of all residential buildings, on the same side of the street in the block where the building is proposed. 25 8 50% Subtitle D, Chapter 12
3 5,000 40%
(All Other Structures)

Use Permissions Parking Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle U, Chapter 2 Subtitle C, Chapter 7 Subtitle C, Chapter 10
R- Use Group A

1 See Subtitle D § 1203 for details.

2 Notwithstanding Subtitle D § 1206.2, a rear wall of a row or semi-detached building shall not be constructed to extend farther than ten feet (10 ft.) beyond the farthest rear wall of any adjoining principal residential building on any adjacent property. (Subtitle D § 1206.3)
3 A rear wall of a row or semi-detached building may be constructed to extend farther than ten feet (10 ft.) beyond the farthest rear wall of any adjoining principal residential building on any adjacent property if approved as a special exception pursuant to Subtitle X, Chapter 9, and subject to Subtitle D § 5201 if applicable. (Subtitle D § 1206.4)
4 In the case of a building with a non-conforming side yard, an extension or addition may be made to the building; provided, that the width of the existing side yard shall not be decreased; and provided further, that the width of the side yard adjacent to the extension or addition shall be a minimum of five feet (5 ft.) in the R-19 zone and a minimum of three feet (3 ft.) in the R-20 zone. (Subtitle D § 1207.4)