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Special Exception

A special exception is a conditioned, permitted use in a particular zone district; that is, the use is permitted provided certain specific criteria are met to ensure that certain negative impacts will not occur. A Special Exception may be granted for a particular use of land or for a particular building.

Special exceptions are not automatically granted. The applicant is responsible for meeting the burden of proof associated with the particular relief requested. It is required that an applicant review the applicable provisions of the Zoning Regulations as they relate to the request and submit a detailed statement explaining how the application meets the specific tests identified in the Zoning Regulations for a special exception.

Recent Special Exception Cases

Case No. Case Name Location Address Description
20245 Christopher Astilla Square 1055, Lot 31 216 14th Place NE Application pursuant to 11 DCMR Subtitle X, Chapter 9, for special exceptions under Subtitle E § 5201, from the lot occupancy requirements of Subtitle E § 304.1 and from the rear addition requirements of Subtitle E § 205.4, to construct a two story rear addition to an existing attached principal dwelling unit in the RF-1 Zone
20243 532 Taylor LLC Square 3231, Lot 86 532 Taylor Street NW Application of 532 Taylor LLC, pursuant to 11 DCMR Subtitle X, Chapters 9, for a special exception under the RF-use requirements of Subtitle U §§ 320.2, to permit the conversion of a flat into a three-unit apartment house in the RF-1 Zone
20242 IDI Water Street, L.C Square 1183, Lot 813 3401-3403 Water Street NW Application of IDI Water Street, L.C, pursuant to 11 DCMR Subtitle X, Chapter 9, for a special exception under Subtitle C § 710.3 from the parking lot location requirements of Subtitle C § 710.2 (a), and pursuant to Subtitle X, Chapter 10, for variances from the driveway width requirement of Subtitle C § 711.6 (a), from the minimum dimensions for full-sized parking spaces and aisles of C § 712.5, and from the minimum dimensions for compact parking spaces and aisles of C § 712.6, to construct a 7-story residential building in the MU-13 Zone at premises

DCMR Title 11 – Subtitle X Chapter 9



Instructions for Form 120 - Application for Special Exception

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Filing for a Special Exception Review:

Click here to file a Special Exception.