Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Wharf Property.


§ 10–501.01. Control.

With the exceptions hereinafter provided, the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall have the exclusive charge and control of all wharf property belonging to the United States or to the District of Columbia within said District, including all the wharves, piers, bulkheads, and structures thereon and waters adjacent thereto within the pier lines, and all slips, basins, docks, waterfronts, land under water, and structures thereon, and the appurtenances, easements, uses, reversions, and rights belonging thereto, which on March 3, 1899, were owned or possessed by the United States or the District of Columbia, or to which they or either of them was on that date or may thereafter become entitled, or which they or either of them may acquire under the provisions hereof or otherwise; and said Mayor of the District of Columbia shall have exclusive charge and control of the repairing, building, rebuilding, maintaining, altering, strengthening, leasing, and protecting said property and every part thereof, and all the cleaning, dredging, and deepening necessary in and about the same within the pier lines. The Council of the District of Columbia is authorized and empowered to make all needful rules and regulations for the government and control of all wharves, piers, bulkheads, and structures thereon, and waters adjacent thereto within the pier lines, and all the basins, slips, and docks, with the land under water, in said District not owned by the United States or the District of Columbia; provided, that the following described property shall be placed under the immediate jurisdiction and control of the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army: the banks of the Potomac River from the north line of the Arsenal Grounds to the southern curb line of N Street South; also 500 linear feet of shoreline in the Flushing Reservoir at the foot of 17th Street, West, and west from the western curb of said street, including a levee 100 feet wide.


(Mar. 3, 1899, 30 Stat. 1377, ch. 458, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 9-101.

1973 Ed., § 9-101.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 6-321.03 and § 10-501.02.

Cross References

Fish wharf, jurisdiction and control over, see § 37-205.01.

Harbor regulations, see § 22-4401 et seq.

Title to housing redevelopment property, transfers from mayoral jurisdiction, see § 6-321.03.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority to National Capital Revitalization Corporation and Anacostia Waterfront Corporation Reorganization Clarification Emergency Act of 2007, see Mayor’s Order 2007-172, July 25, 2007 ( 54 DCR 11600).

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(186) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 10–501.02. Authority to make rules and regulations.

(a) The Council of the District of Columbia and the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army are authorized and empowered to make all needful rules and regulations for the government and proper care of all the property placed in the charge of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Chief of Engineers and under their respective control by the provisions of § 10-501.01 and to annex such reasonable penalties to said rules and regulations as will secure their enforcement; and also the Council and the Chief of Engineers are authorized and empowered to make, and the Mayor and the Chief of Engineers to enforce, rules and regulations in regard to building and repairing wharves, the rental thereof, and the rate of wharfage. All rents so collected shall be covered into the Treasury of the United States, to be placed to the credit of the United States and to the credit of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.

(b) The wharfage fee is $25 per day.


(Mar. 3, 1899, 30 Stat. 1378, ch. 458, § 2; Feb. 22, 1921, 41 Stat. 1144, ch. 70, § 7; June 28, 1944, 58 Stat. 533, ch. 300, § 18; June 5, 2003, D.C. Law 14-307, § 1602, 49 DCR 11664; Mar. 11, 2009, 123 Stat. 700, Pub. L. 111-8,§ 823.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 9-102.

1973 Ed., § 9-102.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-307 designated the existing text as subsection (a); and added subsec. (b).

Pub. L. 111-8, in subsec. (a), deleted the last sentence, which had read as follows: “ No lease made under the provisions of said § 10-501.01 shall extend beyond the period of 10 years.”

Cross References

Harbor regulations, see §§ 22-4401 to 22-4403.

Metropolitan Police, enforcement of regulations for harbor, see § 5-105.05.

Rental of fish wharf, see § 37-205.01.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1602 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Amendment Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-544, December 4, 2002, 49 DCR 11700).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1602 of the Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Amendment Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-27, February 24, 2003, 50 DCR 2151).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1602 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Amendment Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-103, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5499).

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(187) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 10–501.03. Furnishing to buildings in Judiciary Square.

The Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, is authorized to furnish steam from the Central Heating Plant to such buildings as may be erected by the District of Columbia on the property bounded by 4th and 5th Streets, and D and G Streets, Northwest, in the District of Columbia, and known as Judiciary Square; provided, that the District of Columbia agrees to pay for the steam furnished at reasonable rates, not less than cost, as may be determined by the Secretary of the Interior; and provided further, that the District of Columbia agrees to provide all necessary connections with the government mains at its own expense, and in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior.


(Apr. 27, 1937, 50 Stat. 95, ch. 136.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 9-103.

1973 Ed., § 9-103.


§ 10–501.04. Furnishing to buildings enumerated in section.

The Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, is authorized to furnish steam from the Central Heating Plant to such buildings as may be erected by the District of Columbia on the property in the District of Columbia bounded by C Street, 3rd Street, Indiana Avenue, D Street, and John Marshall Place Northwest, and known as square 533; on the property bounded by C Street, John Marshall Place, Louisiana Avenue, and 6th Street Northwest, and known as square 490; on the property bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, John Marshall Place, C Street, and 6th Street Northwest, and known as square 491; and on the property bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd Street, C Street, and John Marshall Place Northwest, and known as reservation 10; provided, that the District of Columbia agrees to pay for the steam furnished at reasonable rates, not less than cost, as may be determined by the Secretary of the Interior; and provided further, that the District of Columbia agrees to provide all necessary connections with the government mains at its own expense, and in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior.


(June 21, 1939, 53 Stat. 852, ch. 236.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 9-104.

1973 Ed., § 9-104.

Editor's Notes

National Academy of Sciences: Act of June 29, 1940, 54 Stat. 694, ch. 451, authorized the furnishing of steam from the Central Heating Plant to the National Academy of Sciences.