Code of the District of Columbia

§ 9–204.03a. Symbolic names.

(a) The Council may designate a symbolic name for any an alley or street, or portion thereof, or other public space.

(b) A symbolic name shall not include any of the following terms: "Avenue", "Street", "Road", "Drive", "Place", "Circle", "Alley", or "Court".

(c) A symbolic name of an alley or street, or portion thereof, shall conclude with the term "Way" or "Plaza".

(d) For the purposes of this section, the naming of an alley shall apply to the passageway within a square, unless the Council specifically provides otherwise in legislation.


(Mar. 10, 1983, D.C. Law 4-201, § 403a; as added Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-236, § 2(b), 44 DCR 917; Oct. 8, 2016, D.C. Law 21-161, § 2(d), 63 DCR 10912.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-453.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 9-204.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Kivie Kaplan Way Designation Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-54, April 4, 2003, 50 DCR 2967).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) designation of street, see § 2 of Kivie Kaplan Way Designation Temporary Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-13, June 21, 2003, law notification 50 DCR 5457).