(4)   Commercial Districts.
Principal uses are allowed in Commercial districts in accordance with Table 14-602-2. Uses classified as accessory uses, such as home occupations, are not regulated by the use table. Accessory uses are permitted in conjunction with allowed principal uses, provided they comply with all applicable regulations of § 14-603 (Use-Specific Standards) and § 14-604 (Accessory Uses and Structures).
(a)   Notes for Table 14-602-2.
[1]   In the CMX-1 district, household living use regulations are as follows: 494
(.a)   If the lot is adjacent to a residential district, the household living regulations of the most restrictive adjacent residential district apply, except if the household living use is in an attached or semi-detached building, the household living use regulations of the residential district to which it is attached apply.
(.b)   If the lot is not adjacent to a residential district, single-family household living shall be permitted and two-family and multi-family household living shall be prohibited.
(.c)   Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (.a) and (.b) above, if the lot would otherwise qualify for, and an applicant chooses to earn, a dwelling unit density bonus for mixed-income housing, pursuant to § 14-702(7), the lot shall instead be subject to Table Note [2], below, as if the lot were located in a CMX-2 district, plus any applicable housing density bonus pursuant to § 14-702(7).
[2]   In the CMX-2 district, a minimum of 480 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit, provided that whenever the calculation of permitted number of dwelling units results in a fraction of a dwelling unit, then the number of permitted dwelling units shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number. 495
[3]   In the CMX-2 and CMX-2.5 districts, in order to promote active uses at the street level, buildings must contain a use other than residential and other than parking along one hundred percent (100%) of the ground floor frontage and within the first 30 ft. of building depth, measured from the front building line. If the property is bounded by two or more streets, only the primary frontages as designated in § 14-701(1)(d)(.4) (Primary Frontage) shall be subject to this requirement. 496
[4]   Reserved. 497
[5]   Office, retail, and commercial service uses located on the first floor may not occupy more than 2,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area, nor may any office, retail, or commercial service uses be located on or above the second floor. 498
[6]   In the CMX-4 and CMX-5 districts, underground parking garages are permitted; otherwise any portion of a parking garage located above ground level requires special exception approval in accordance with the special exception procedures in § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). 499
[7]   Two-family household living is permitted in the CMX-3 district provided at least fifty percent (50%) of the ground floor frontage contains a non-residential use, or the lot area is less than 1,440 sq. ft. 500
[8]   In the CMX-2.5 district, the minimum lot area required per dwelling unit is as follows, provided that, whenever the calculation of permitted number of dwelling units results in a fraction of a dwelling unit, then the number of permitted dwelling units shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number. 501
(.a)   A minimum of 360 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit for buildings less than or equal to 45 ft. in height.
(.b)   A minimum of 270 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit for buildings greater than 45 ft. in height.
Table 14-602-2: Uses Allowed in Commercial Districts 502
{For printable PDF version, click HERE}
 
Previous District Name
C-1
C-2/RC-2
(/NCC)
C-3/RC-3
C-4
C-5
C-7/NSC
ASC
District Name
CMX-1
CMX-2
CMX-2.5
CMX-3
CMX-4
CMX-5
CA-1
CA-2
Use-Specific Standards
Y = Yes permitted as of right | S = Special exception approval required
N = Not allowed (expressly prohibited) | Uses not listed in this table are prohibited
See § 14-602(4)(a) (Notes for Table 14-602-2) for information pertaining to bracketed numbers (e.g., "[2]") in table cells.
Residential Use Category
Household Living (as noted below)
    Single-Family
[1]
Y[3]
Y[3]
N
N
N
N
N
    Two-Family
[1]
Y[3]
Y[3]
Y[7]
N
N
N
N
    Multi-Family
[1]
Y[2][3]
Y[3][8]
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Group Living (except as noted below)
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
    Personal Care Home
N
S[3]
S[3]
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
    Single-Room Residence
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Parks and Open Space Use Category
Passive Recreation
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Active Recreation
S
S
S
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Public, Civic, and Institutional Use Category
Adult Care
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Child Care (as noted below)
    Family Child Care
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
    Group Child Care
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Child Care Center
S
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Community Center
N
Y
S
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Educational Facilities
N
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Fraternal Organization
N
Y
S
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Hospital
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Libraries and Cultural Exhibits
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Religious Assembly
Y
Y
S
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Safety Services
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Transit Station
Y
S
S
Y
Y
Y
S
Y
Utilities and Services, Basic
S
S
N
S
S
S
S
S
Wireless Service Facility (as noted below)
    Freestanding Tower
S
S
S
Y
Y
Y
S
Y
    Building or Tower-Mounted Antenna
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Office Use Category
Business and Professional
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Medical, Dental, Health Practitioner (as noted below)
    Sole Practitioner
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Group Practitioner
S[5]
S
S
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Government
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Retail Sales Use Category
Building Supplies and Equipment
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Consumer Goods (except as noted below)
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Drug Paraphernalia Sales
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
    Gun Shop
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
    Medical Marijuana Dispensary
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Food, Beverages, and Groceries
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Pets and Pet Supplies
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Sundries, Pharmaceuticals, and Convenience Sales
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Wearing Apparel and Accessories
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Commercial Services Use Category
Animal Services (except as noted below)
Y[5]
S
S
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Boarding and Other Services
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Assembly and Entertainment (except as noted below)
N
S
S
S
Y
Y
S
Y
    Casino
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
    Nightclubs and Private Clubs
N
S
N
S
Y
Y
N
Y
Building Services
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Business Support
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Eating and Drinking Establishments (as noted below)
    Prepared Food Shop
S[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Take-Out Restaurant
N
S
S
Y
Y
Y
S
Y
    Sit Down Restaurant
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Smoking Lounge
N
N
S
S
Y
Y
N
N
Financial Services (except as noted below)
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Personal Credit Establishment
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Funeral and Mortuary Services
S[5]
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Maintenance and Repair of Consumer Goods
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Marina
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Parking, Non-Accessory (as noted below)
    Surface Parking
N
S
N
S
N
N
S
Y
    Structured Parking
N
S
S
Y
[6]
[6]
S
Y
Personal Services (except as noted below)
Y[5]
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Body Art Service
S
S
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
    Fortune Telling Service
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Radio, Television, and Recording Services
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Visitor Accommodations
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Commissaries and Catering Services
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services Use Category
Commercial Vehicle Sales and Rental
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
S
Personal Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
N
N
N
S
N
N
N
N
Personal Vehicle Sales and Rental
N
N
N
S
S
S
N
S
Vehicle Fueling Station
N
N
N
S
N
N
S
Y
Vehicle Equipment and Supplies Sales and Rental
N
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
S
S
Wholesale, Distribution, and Storage Use Category
Moving and Storage Facilities
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Wholesale Sales and Distribution
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Industrial Use Category
Artist Studios and Artisan Industrial
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Research and Development
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Urban Agriculture Use Category
Community Garden
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Market or Community-Supported Farm
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
 

 

Notes

494
   Amended, Bill No. 120917-AA (approved April 2, 2013); amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017); amended, Bill No. 170678-AAA (approved October 17, 2018); amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
495
   Amended, Bill No. 120656-AA (approved February 6, 2013); amended, Bill No. 120917-AA (approved April 2, 2013); amended, Bill No. 150745-A (approved December 23, 2015); amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017); amended, Bill No. 170495 (approved July 11, 2017); amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021); amended, Bill No. 210078-A (approved April 28, 2021).
496
   Amended, Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013); amended, Bill No. 120917-AA (approved April 2, 2013); amended, Bill No. 160716 (approved December 20, 2016); amended, Bill No. 190380 (approved July 24, 2019).
497
   Amended, Bill No. 160716 (approved December 20, 2016).
498
   Amended, Bill No. 130764 (approved December 18, 2013); amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017).
499
   Amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
500
   Added, Bill No. 160227 (approved May 17, 2016).
501
   Added, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017); amended, Bill No. 170818 (approved November 27, 2017); amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
502
   Amended, Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013); amended, Bill No. 120917-AA (approved April 2, 2013); amended, Bill No. 130804 (approved December 18, 2013); amended, Bill No. 130855 (approved January 20, 2014); amended, Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015); amended, Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015); amended, Bill No. 160227 (approved May 17, 2016); amended, Bill No. 160716 (approved December 20, 2016); amended, Bill No. 160919 (approved December 20, 2016); amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017); amended, Bill No. 170402 (approved June 27, 2017); amended, Bill No. 180346-A (approved July 18, 2018); amended, Bill No. 190253 (approved July 24, 2019); amended, Bill No. 190601-A (approved December 30, 2019); amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021); amended, Bill No. 210078-A (approved April 28, 2021).