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Inclusionary Zoning-Residential Developers

The District’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program requires 8 percent–10 percent of the residential floor area be set-aside for affordable units in: (1) new residential development projects of 10 or more units; and (2) rehabilitation projects that are expanding an existing building by 50 percent or more and adding 10 or more units.

IZ rent and purchase prices are governed by the Rent and Purchase Price Schedule. Developers may charge up to the greater rent or purchase price from the schedule published at the time of the filing date of the: (1) application for the Certificate of Inclusionary Zoning Compliance (CIZC); or (2) Notice of Availability (NOA).

Steps for Developers

  1. Send an electronic version of the executed IZ covenant to DHCD for approval.
  2. Submit the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan to DHCD.
  3. File a CIZC with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).
  4. Once the CIZC is approved by DCRA, submit the original Inclusionary Zoning Covenant and CIZC to DHCD for execution and recordation with the DC Recorder of Deeds.
  5. Submit the project’s Building Permit Application to DCRA.
  6. During construction, apply for a Certificate of Occupancy with DCRA for each IZ unit.
  7. After DCRA inspects IZ Development to ensure that it is in compliance with the CIZC, the IZ Development Owner must file a Notice of Availability with DHCD.
  8. After the IZ units pass their final Certificate of Occupancy inspection, register all IZ units in the project with DCHousingSearch.org.

Areas of Interest

IZ Residential Developers
IZ Maximum Price and Rent Schedule
Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan
Household Selection Plan
Notice of Availability
Certification of Income Affordability and Housing Size – Rent | For-Sale 
Declaration of Eligibility – Rent | For-Sale 
Inclusionary Zoning Lease Rider

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