The Zoning Commission (ZC) is an independent, quasi-judicial body. Created by the Zoning Act of 1920, as amended, the ZC is charged with preparing, adopting, and subsequently amending the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map in a means not inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital area. Three members of the ZC are residents of the District of Columbia appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The fourth member of the ZC is the Architect of the Capitol (or his/her representative). The fifth ZC member is the Director of the National Park Service (or his/her representative).
- Anthony J. Hood, Chairman
- Marcie Cohen, Vice-Chairman
- Robert Miller, District Resident
- Michael G. Turnbull, Architect of the Capitol Designee
- Peter G. May, National Park Service Designee
Public Hearings and Meetings are held primarily on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at 441 4th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001 in Room 220 South. Visit "How to Reach Us" on the DCOZ website for detailed directions.
Please note that Public Hearing Notices for all cases before the ZC are published in the District of Columbia Register.
The ZC Schedule and Agenda are available under the "Calendar" function of the DCOZ website.
For more information on ZC-related items, please see the links below:
- Map Amendments
- Text Amendments
- Air Rights Development in Public Space
- Planned Unit Development (PUD)
All applications for building permits are reviewed by the Zoning Administrator (ZA) in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for compliance with relevant zoning regulations. Upon such review, the ZA may determine that a project conflicts with existing regulations (i.e. land use(s), height, density, bulk, etc.) permitted by the zone district covering the site. In such cases, the affected property owner may seek permission from the ZC to develop the proposed project by filing a map amendment application. Map amendments may also be initiated by petition from the public, including public agencies such as the Office of Planning.
Applications to change the text of the Zoning Regulations may be filed with the ZC. A text amendment changes the development standards in one or more zone districts.
Requests for renting or using the space above or below streets and alleys in the District of Columbia, under specified conditions, are referred to the ZC by the Building and Land Regulation Administration within DCRA. The ZC follows the map amendment process when reviewing applications for air rights development.
The ZC hears and decides requests for special multi-purpose projects referred to as Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). A PUD is a planning tool which allows a developer greater flexibility in site planning and building design. This flexibility permits the developer to incorporate amenities in the project that exceed those that could have been achieved under the general provisions of the Zoning Regulations. When a project is designated as a PUD, the ZC usually mandates the development of standards specifically tailored to the project.