Code of the District of Columbia

§ 9–204.02. System of designations.

In naming any street or circle the following system shall be adhered to:

(1) The broad diagonal highways shall be designated as avenues, and shall be named after states and territories of the United States.

(2) Streets running north and south shall be designated with numbers consecutively in each direction from the meridian of the United States Capitol. Any street not in exact alignment with those streets to its north and south shall be given the same designation as the street which is most nearly in line with its alignment.

(3) Streets running east and west shall be designated with the letters of the alphabet until these letters are exhausted. Beyond this they shall have names of 1 syllable, then names of 2 and 3 syllables, all arranged in alphabetical order. Any street not in exact alignment with those streets to its east and west shall be given the same designation as the street most nearly in line with its alignment.

(4) Streets which do not form an essential part of the rectangular system of streets shall be designated as roads, drives, or places and shall be named after a prominent local feature in their vicinity, or by such other distinguishing designation as the Council may determine to be appropriate.

(5) Circles shall be named after distinguished persons who have been prominent in the service of this country.


(Mar. 10, 1983, D.C. Law 4-201, § 402, 30 DCR 148; Apr. 26, 1988, D.C. Law 7-102, § 4, 35 DCR 2053.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-452.