H.R. 4192, To amend the Act entitled "An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia" to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed

H.R. 4192

To amend the Act entitled "An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia" to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed

Date
April 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4192, a bill to amend the Act entitled “An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia” to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4192 was introduced on March 11, 2014 by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4192 makes changes to laws regulating building height in the District of Columbia.  H.R. 4192 would allow one-story human occupancy penthouses less than 20 feet high to be constructed on the rooftops of buildings.  Current law permits the construction of penthouses only if they are used for mechanical equipment.

Background

The Height of Buildings Act of 1910 restricted the height of buildings constructed in the District of Columbia to the width of the adjacent street plus 20 feet.  Buildings in business areas are permitted to be up to 130 feet tall, and portions of Pennsylvania Ave. permit building heights up to 160 feet. Under current law, certain structures that exceed height limits are allowed to be constructed on rooftops, including penthouses that are used for mechanical equipment.  This legislation would add one-story human occupancy penthouses less than 20 feet high to the list of allowable structures.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable, but no cost is expected.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.