Office of the
Zoning Administrator Guidance on Defining a Dwelling Unit
An Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Defining a Dwelling UnitThank you for all that have provided feedback thus far. Just a reminder that the Office of the Zoning Administrator (OZA) at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is seeking public feedback on the documents below. We invite comments by close of business, Friday, November 17, 2017. Feedback must be provided electronically via this online survey.
In order to provide as to what constitutes a dwelling unit, especially in situations where a ‘wet bar’ is provided in a portion of a building [such as a basement] that has a separate means of access and a full bathroom, that could then be utilized as a separate dwelling unit, this proposed guidance is the Office of Zoning Administrator’s interpretation of the Zoning Regulations [Title 11 of the DCMR] as it applies to the presence and configurations of rooms within a residential building. This guidance applies to the review of building permit applications for zoning compliance only. All other applicable District regulations, including Construction Code requirements (Title 12A of the DCMR), are not governed by this guidance.