Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter V. Excess Property for the United States.


§ 16–1381. Acquisition of property in excess of needs.

In order to promote the orderly and proper development of the seat of government of the United States, agencies of the United States authorized by law to acquire real property, may acquire, in the public interest, by gift, dedication, exchange, purchase, or condemnation fee simple title to land (or rights in or on land or easements or restrictions therein) within the District of Columbia for public uses, works, and improvements authorized by Congress, in excess of that actually needed for and essential to their usefulness, in order to preserve the view, appearance, light, and air and to enhance their usefulness, to prevent the use of private property adjacent to them in such a manner as to impair the public benefit derived from the construction thereof, or to prevent inequities or hardships to the owners of adjacent private property by depriving them of the beneficial use of their property.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 559, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(13).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1381.

1973 Ed., § 16-1381.


§ 16–1382. Retention, for public use, of excess property.

When the authorities of the United States having jurisdiction of real property (or rights or easements) acquired pursuant to this subchapter, elect to retain any of them for the use of the United States, they may use the property (or rights or easements) for park, playground, highway, or alley purposes, or for any other lawful purposes that they deem advantageous or in the public interest.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 559, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(13).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1382.

1973 Ed., § 16-1382.


§ 16–1383. Availability of appropriations for purchases of excess property.

When real property is purchased pursuant to this subchapter in excess of that needed for a particular project or improvement, appropriations available for the payment of the purchase price, costs, and expenses incident to the project or improvement may be used in the payment of the purchase price, costs, and expenses of excess real property purchased in connection with the project or improvement, as provided by this subchapter.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 559, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(13).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1383.

1973 Ed., § 16-1383.


§ 16–1384. Condemnation of excess real property by United States agencies; payment of awards, damages and costs.

(a) When excess real property is condemned by agencies of the United States as provided by this subchapter, the condemnation proceedings for the acquisition of the property shall be in accordance with subchapter IV of this chapter, or any laws in effect at the time of the commencement of condemnation proceedings for the acquisition of real property in the District of Columbia for the use of the United States.

(b) Appropriations available for the condemnation of property pursuant to subchapter IV of this chapter may be used in the payment of awards, damages, and costs in condemnation proceedings pursuant to that subchapter for the acquisition of excess real property as provided in this subchapter.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 559, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(13).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1384.

1973 Ed., § 16-1384.


§ 16–1385. Construction of subchapter.

This subchapter does not repeal any provisions of existing law pertaining to the condemnation or acquisition of streets, alleys, or land, or the laws relating to the subdividing of lands in the District of Columbia.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 559, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(13).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1385.

1973 Ed., § 16-1385.