Code of the District of Columbia

§ 6–751.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) "Construction Codes" means the most recent edition of the codes published by the International Code Council, or by a comparable nationally recognized and accepted code development organization, as adopted and amended by the Construction Codes Supplement by the District of Columbia pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 6-1409, and in Title 12 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, or any successor regulations.

(2) "Construction Codes Supplement" means the additions, insertions, deletions, and changes to the Model Codes adopted by the District pursuant to § 6-1409.

(3) "Dwelling unit" means a structure, building, area, room, or combination of rooms occupied by a person for sleeping or living.

(4)(A) "Owner" means any person, who alone or jointly or severally with other persons, has legal title to a premises, including:

(i) An agent, officer, fiduciary, or employee of the owner;

(ii) The committee, conservator, or legal guardian of an owner who is non compos mentis or otherwise under a disability or who is a minor;

(iii) A trustee, elected or appointed, or a person required by law to execute a trust, other than a trustee under a deed of trust, to secure the payment of money; or

(iv) An executor, administrator, receiver, fiduciary, or an officer appointed by a court, or other similar representative of the owner or the owner’s estate.

(B) The term "owner" does not include a lessee, sublessee, or other person who merely has the right to occupy or possess a premises.


(June 20, 1978, D.C. Law 2-81, § 2, 24 DCR 9050; Mar. 9, 1988, D.C. Law 7-84, § 2(a), 34 DCR 8122; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-305, § 20, 53 DCR 6198; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-169, § 14, 59 DCR 5567; May 18, 2016, D.C. Law 21-118, § 2(a), 63 DCR 4645.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-529.

1973 Ed., § 5-328.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-305, in par. (5)(B), substituted “persons with mental retardation” for “the mentally retarded”.

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-169 substituted “intellectual disabilities” for “mental retardation” in (5)(B).

Editor's Notes

Section 35 of D.C. Law 19-169 provided that no provision of the act shall impair any right or obligation existing under law.