Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Administrative Review.


§ 2–1803.01. Jurisdiction to hear appeal.

Except as provided in § 2-1831.16, the District of Columbia Board of Appeals and Review shall entertain and determine appeals timely filed by persons aggrieved by orders issued by hearing examiners pursuant to this chapter or by the Mayor, except that appeals involving infractions of subchapter I of Chapter 6 of Title 6, or the District of Columbia Zoning Regulations shall be entertained and determined by the District of Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment; appeals involving infractions of Chapter 1 of Title 25, or of any regulation issued under the authority of that chapter shall be entertained and determined by the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; appeals involving infractions of laws governing occupations and professions or of regulations issued under the authority of those laws shall be entertained and determined by the appropriate occupational or professional board or commission; and appeals involving infractions of Chapter 35 of Title 42, or of any regulation issued under the authority of that chapter shall be entertained and determined by the District of Columbia Rental Housing Commission.


(Oct. 5, 1985, D.C. Law 6-42, § 301, 32 DCR 4450; Mar. 8, 1991, D.C. Law 8-237, § 2(k), 38 DCR 314; Mar. 6, 2002, D.C. Law 14-76, § 23(b)(1), 48 DCR 11442.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2721.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1803.02 and § 2-1831.16.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-76 substituted “Except as provided in § 2-1831.16, the” for “The” in the first sentence.

References in Text

Title 25, referred to in this section, was amended and enacted by D.C. Law 13-298, effective May 3, 2001. Chapter 1 of former Title 25 embraced all sections in that title. For current provisions of Title 25, see § 25-101 et seq.


§ 2–1803.02. Right to administrative appeal and costs of appeal.

Except as provided in § 2-1831.16, any person aggrieved by an order of an administrative law judge or attorney examiner issued pursuant to subchapters I and II of this chapter, or the Mayor, may appeal to the reviewing agency specified in § 2-1803.01. The costs of any appeal, including, but not limited to, the expense of providing a transcript of the hearing, shall be borne by the appellant unless excused by the Mayor pursuant to rules issued by the Mayor.


(Oct. 5, 1985, D.C. Law 6-42, § 302, 32 DCR 4450; Mar. 8, 1991, D.C. Law 8-237, § 2(l), 38 DCR 314; Mar. 6, 2002, D.C. Law 14-76, § 23(b)(2), 48 DCR 11442.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2722.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-76 substituted “Except as provided in § 2-1831.16, any” for “Any” in the first sentence.


§ 2–1803.03. Scope of review.

The reviewing agency shall make a determination of each appeal on the basis of the record established before the administrative law judge or attorney examiner. The reviewing agency shall set aside any administrative law judge or attorney examiner order that is without observance of procedure required by law or regulations, including any applicable procedure required by subchapters I and II of this chapter, or any administrative law judge or attorney examiner order that is unsupported by a preponderance of the evidence on the record. The reviewing agency shall apply the rule of harmless error, and shall have power to affirm, reverse, or modify the order of the administrative law judge or attorney examiner. The reviewing agency may remand a case for further proceedings before the administrative law judge or attorney examiner. A reviewing agency may not modify a monetary sanction imposed by an administrative law judge or attorney examiner if that sanction is within the limits established by law or regulation.


(Oct. 5, 1985, D.C. Law 6-42, § 303, 32 DCR 4450; Mar. 8, 1991, D.C. Law 8-237, § 2(m), 38 DCR 314.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2723.