"ARTS Overlay District Limits Eating and Drinking Establishments"

April 2010Publications / Mentions
DCBIA Spotlight

On April 5, 2010, the District of Columbia Zoning Administrator (ZA) issued a ruling that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will no longer grant building permits or Certificates of Occupancy for restaurants, bars, diners, coffee shops, and carry-outs in the commercial area around 14th and U Streets. This ruling affects all commercial properties within the Uptown Arts (ARTS) Overlay District, which roughly includes all properties on U Street between 9th and 15th Streets; on Florida Avenue between 6th and 9th Streets; on 14th Street between N Street and Florida Avenue; and on 7th Street between Rhode Island and Florida Avenues. (See Section 1900 of the Zoning Regulations for more information.)

The ARTS Overlay District limits eating and drinking establishments to 25% of the total linear street frontage within the covered area. The ZA's ruling concludes that the existing establishments have met this limit. Now, anyone planning to open an eating or drinking establishment in a new location must first obtain a special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) to exceed the 25% cap. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Tummonds at 202-721-1157.