Zoning Commission

Washington, DC, DC
Full Time

Total public member:                3           

Method of Appointment:           Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council     

Length of Appointment:           4 years

Residency:                               Strong preference for DC residents from all 8 wards


Paid board:                              Yes



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).


To protect the public health, secure the public safety, and to protect property in the District of Columbia there is created a Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia, which shall consist of the Architect of the Capitol, the Director of the National Park Service, and 3 members appointed by the Mayor, by and with the advice and consent of the Council. Each member appointed by the Mayor shall serve for a term of 4 years, except of the members first appointed under this section:

 Members of the Zoning Commission appointed by the Mayor shall be entitled to receive compensation as determined by the Mayor, with the approval of a majority of the Council. The remaining members shall serve without additional compensation.

Members of the Zoning Commission appointed by the Mayor may be reappointed. Each member shall serve until his successor has been appointed and qualifies.

The Chairman of the Zoning Commission shall be selected by the members.

The Zoning Commission shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties with respect to zoning in the District as provided by law.



Commission membership: 

The three mayoral appointees must be residents of the District of Columbia.


If you are interested in an appointment to this board, please complete the appointment application. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the opportunity.




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