Compliance Review Program
The Compliance Review Program is designed to ensure compliance with conditions, plans, or drawings as approved by the Zoning Commission (ZC) or the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), and to mitigate complaints about possible violation of the approved conditions. Specifically, the program is designed to allow DCOZ to verify that an Applicant who has obtained relief from the ZC or the BZA is in compliance with the ZC or the BZA's final order. Members of the public, ANCs, community groups, and business organizations may file a complaint against an Applicant by completing Form 300.
Steps in the Compliance Review Process:
- While on the DCOZ website, you may access Form 300 by Clicking "Application Forms" under Information on the left side of the page and scrolling down to Form 300 (Complaint of Non-Compliance with the Condition(s) of a BZA/ZC Order). Fill out the form in full, attach any relevant information that may help the review process, and submit one original and ten copies (by mail, email or in person) to:
Compliance Review Specialist
District of Columbia Office of Zoning
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 200 South
Washington DC, 20001
- DCOZ will notify all parties and government agencies listed on the order in question.
- DCOZ will review the complaint, order, plans, and drawings.*
- DCOZ will meet with the Complainant to discuss the complaint, gather more information (if necessary), and outline the steps DCOZ will take.
- DCOZ will meet with the Applicant and request the necessary information and/or documentation to verify that the Applicant is in compliance. If the Applicant is out of compliance, DCOZ will work to return the Applicant to full compliance.
- Once DCOZ finds the Applicant in compliance with the relevant ZC or BZA order, a Report to that effect will be issued.
- DCOZ will refer the Applicant to the Zoning Administrator (ZA) at DCRA and request that all appropriate action be taken to bring the Applicant into compliance. Appropriate action (which is pursuant to Titles 11 and 16 of DCMR Chapter 32) may include fines and/or the revocation of a certificate of occupancy.
*Please note that DCOZ does not include hearing transcripts in its compliance review.