Minor Change to Height Act Signed by President

On May 16, a bill to amend the Height Act, which sets a maximum limit on Washington, DC’s building heights, was signed into law by President Obama. The bill amends the federal Height Act to allow human occupancy in rooftop penthouse structures, while maintaining the current 1:1 setback. The bill caps penthouse height at one story and a maximum of 20 feet. These minor amendments are consistent with NCPC’s recommendations prepared as part of the Height Master Plan. The year-long joint study was conducted by NCPC and the DC Office of Planning in 2013, at the request of U.S. Representative Darrell Issa.

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National Capital Planning Commission

District of Columbia

Chairman's Letter of Transmission
NCPC Final Report
Executive Summary

Transmitted on 11/27/2013
Mayor's Letter of Transmission
DC Final Report
DC Press Release

Transmitted on 11/20/2013