Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VI. Helicopter Landing Pads.


§ 9–1211.01. Helicopter landing pads.

(a) The operation of a helicopter landing pad in any residential district in the District of Columbia, identified in the Zoning Regulations of the District of Columbia and shown in the official atlases of the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia, shall constitute a public nuisance.

(b) The Corporation Counsel or affected members of the public may maintain an action in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to abate and enjoin perpetually the nuisance.

(c) This section shall not apply to:

(1) A helicopter landing pad that was in operation before July 14, 1987;

(2) A helicopter landing pad constructed to replace a helicopter landing pad that was in operation before July 14, 1987; and

(3) A singular helicopter landing pad at a hospital in the District of Columbia that, as of the date construction is complete, is certified as a Level One Trauma Center by the Department of Health pursuant to § 7-2341.19; provided, that, for purposes of this subchapter, such certification need not remain current following construction of the helicopter landing pad.


(Oct. 9, 1987, D.C. Law 7-40, § 2, 34 DCR 5333; Aug. 25, 2018, D.C. Law 22-156, § 2(a), 65 DCR 7343.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1439.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Helicopter Landing Pad Emergency Amendment Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-390, June 27, 2018, 65 DCR 7141).

For temporary (90 day) creation of §§ 9-1211.01a and 9-1211.01b, see §2(b) of Helicopter Landing Pad Emergency Amendment Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-390, June 27, 2018, 65 DCR 7141).


§ 9–1211.02. Analysis and review requirements.

(a)(1) If a helicopter landing pad constructed after August 25, 2018 is used for more than 175 round-trip flights during a calendar year, the Mayor shall, no later than 60 days following the end of that period:

(A) Conduct an analysis to ascertain the specific uses of the helicopter landing pad and the reasons for the use of the helicopter landing pad for more than 175 round-trip flights; and

(B) Determine whether to pursue the adoption of rules pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 to restrict the use of the helicopter landing pad or take other action as the Mayor shall deem appropriate.

(2) In conducting an analysis pursuant to this subsection, the Mayor shall utilize a plan to receive public comments and input from the affected community and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

(3) The information generated and received pursuant to this subsection shall be reported to the Council and to affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

(4) A determination made pursuant to paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection shall be made in writing and shall be published in the District of Columbia Register.

(b)(1) The Mayor shall determine, in consultation with affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, whether to pursue the adoption of rules pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 to curtail helicopter flights between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from helicopter landing pads that are:

(A) Located at hospitals that are certified as Level One Trauma Centers; and

(B) Constructed after August 25, 2018.

(2) The determination made pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be made in writing and shall be published in the District of Columbia Register.


(Oct. 9, 1987, D.C. Law 7-40, § 2a; as added Aug. 25, 2018, D.C. Law 22-156, § 2(b), 65 DCR 7343.)


§ 9–1211.03. Rules.

The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, may issue rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter.


(Oct. 9, 1987, D.C. Law 7-40, § 2b; as added Aug. 25, 2018, D.C. Law 22-156, § 2(b), 65 DCR 7343.)