Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. General.


§ 9–1201.01. Jurisdiction over MacArthur Boulevard.

Jurisdiction and control over MacArthur Boulevard for its full width in the District of Columbia between Foxhall Road and the District line, excepting a strip 19 feet wide within the lines of said road, the center of which is coincident with the center of the water supply conduit, is hereby transferred from the Secretary of the Army to the Council of the District of Columbia, and property abutting thereon shall be subject to any and all lawful assessments which may be levied by the said Council for public improvements, the same as other private property in the District of Columbia; provided, that all municipal laws and regulations shall apply to the entire width of the said road in the District of Columbia in the same degree that they apply to other streets and highways in the said District.


(May 22, 1926, 44 Stat. 627, ch. 372; Mar. 4, 1942, 56 Stat. 123, ch. 129.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1401.

1973 Ed., § 7-1201.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(172) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 9–1201.02. Railroads prohibited on certain streets.

All railroads are prohibited on the I Street and K Street fronts of Farragut, Scott, and Franklin Squares.


(R.S., D.C., § 223.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1402.

1973 Ed., § 7-1202.


§ 9–1201.03. Further laying of street railroads prohibited.

No further street railroads shall be laid down in the City of Washington without the consent of Congress.


(R.S., D.C., § 224.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1403.

1973 Ed., § 7-1203.


§ 9–1201.04. Removal of paving stones; permit required; obstruction on streets.

Whenever any person desires to remove the paving stones, or to displace any other work done by the authority of the United States, for the purpose of laying gas pipes, or for any other purpose, it shall be the duty of such person to obtain a written permit from the Director of the National Park Service, and such person shall oblige themselves to replace the said work to the satisfaction of said officer, and within such time as he may prescribe. If any person shall place any obstruction on the streets, avenues, or sidewalks, so improved by the United States, such person shall pay the costs of removing the same, and shall be subject to a penalty of $10, to be recovered as other debts are recovered in said District, for each and every day the obstruction may remain after the Director of the National Park Service shall have given notice for its removal.


(R.S., D.C., §§ 228, 229; Feb. 26, 1925, 43 Stat. 983, ch. 339, § 3.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1404.

1973 Ed., § 7-1204.


§ 9–1201.05. Denomination of streets as “business streets”.

The Council of the District of Columbia is authorized and directed to denominate portions of streets in the District of Columbia as “business streets” and to authorize the use, on such portions of streets, for business purposes by abutting property owners, under such general regulations as said Council may prescribe, of so much of the sidewalk and parking as may not be needed, in the judgment of said Council, by the general public, under the following conditions, namely:

(1) Wherein a portion of a street not already denominated a business street a majority of a frontage not less than 3 blocks in length is occupied and used for business purposes; and

(2) Where a portion of a street has already been denominated a business street, and there exists adjoining such portion a block or more whose frontage is occupied and used for business purposes.


(Feb. 2, 1904, 33 Stat. 10, ch. 89.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1405.

1973 Ed., § 7-1205.

Cross References

Highway plans, jurisdiction of mayor over roads and bridges, see § 9-101.02.

Regulation of traffic, parking, see § 50-2201.03.

Regulations necessary for the protection of lives, limbs, health, comfort, and quiet, see § 1-303.03.

Rental and utilization of public space, see § 10-1101.01 et seq.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(173) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 9–1201.06. Portion of streets may be set aside as parks.

The proper authorities of the District are authorized to set apart from time to time, as parks, to be adorned with shade trees, walks, and inclosed with curbstones, not exceeding one-half the width of any and all avenues and streets in the said City of Washington, except Pennsylvania Avenue, leaving a roadway of not less than 35 feet in width in the center of said avenues and streets or 2 such roadways on each side of the park in the center of the same; but such inclosures shall not be used for private purposes.


(R.S., D.C., § 225; Mar. 3, 1881, 21 Stat. 462, ch. 134.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1406.

1973 Ed., § 7-1206.


§ 9–1201.07. Removal of obstructions from streets.

It shall be the duty of the Director of the National Park Service to cause obstructions of every kind to be removed from such streets, avenues, and sidewalks in the City of Washington as have been, or may be, improved in whole or in part by the United States, and to keep the same, at all times, free from obstructions. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section, the Director of the National Park Service shall have power to institute suits in any court having competent jurisdiction, and it shall be the duty of the United States Attorney for the District to prosecute the same.


(R.S., D.C., §§ 226, 227; Feb. 26, 1925, 43 Stat. 983, ch. 339, § 3.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1407.

1973 Ed., § 7-1207.

Cross References

Highway plans, jurisdiction of mayor over roads and bridges, see § 9-101.02.


§ 9–1201.08. Penalty for failure to replace paving stones.

If any person removing the paving stones or other work done by the authority of the United States shall fail to replace the same to the satisfaction of the Director of the National Park Service, within the time prescribed by him, he shall be subject to a penalty of $25 for each and every failure, and shall pay the costs of replacing the same, the whole to be recovered before any court in said District having competent jurisdiction.


(R.S., D.C., § 230.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1408.

1973 Ed., § 7-1208.


§ 9–1201.09. Improper appropriation or occupation of streets.

The Secretary of the Interior is directed to prevent the improper appropriation or occupation of any of the public streets, avenues, squares, or reservations in the City of Washington, belonging to the United States, and to reclaim the same if unlawfully appropriated; and particularly to prevent the erection of any permanent building upon any property reserved to or for the use of the United States, unless plainly authorized by act of Congress, and to report to Congress at the commencement of each session his proceedings in the premises, together with a full statement of all such property, and how, and by what authority, the same is occupied or claimed. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to interfere with the temporary and proper occupation of any portion of such property, by lawful authority, for the legitimate purposes of the United States.


(R.S., § 1818.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1409.

1973 Ed., § 7-1209.


§ 9–1201.10. Railroad sidings south of Virginia and Maryland Avenues authorized.

It shall be the duty of the Council of the District of Columbia, and it is hereby authorized and empowered, whenever it considers it a public benefit, to grant the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company permission to lay, maintain, and use sidetracks and sidings from the main line or lines of said railroad into any real estate in the said city abutting on the streets or avenues on which such line of such company is or may be situated, east of Four-and-a-half Street and south of Virginia and Maryland Avenues, which may be used or occupied for manufacturing, commercial, or other business purposes by parties desiring the use of such facilities. Such sidetracks or sidings shall be laid and maintained under the direction of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and in such manner as shall least obstruct the use of the public streets for ordinary purposes: Provided, that the right to revoke the use of said sidetracks or sidings is reserved to Congress.


(Jan. 19, 1891, 26 Stat. 719, ch. 76, § 2.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1410.

1973 Ed., § 7-1210.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(174) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 9–1201.11. Railroad sidings into lots for business uses authorized.

It shall be lawful for the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company to extend and construct, from time to time, branch tracks or sidings from the lines of railroad authorized hereunder, into any lot or lots adjacent to any street or avenue along which said lines of railroad are located, upon the application of the owner or owners of such lot or lots, to enable such owners to use their property for the purpose of coal, wood, or lumber yards, manufactories, warehouses, and other business enterprises; provided, however, that no grade crossing of any street or avenue within the City of Washington shall be thereby created, but such connecting tracks shall be carried across such street or avenue in such manner as not to obstruct the free use thereof, and the plans of such connecting tracks shall in every case be first filed with and approved by the Mayor of the District of Columbia.


(Feb. 12, 1901, 31 Stat. 772, ch. 353, § 10.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1411.

1973 Ed., § 7-1211.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 9–1201.12. Railroad tracks and additional stations authorized.

In addition to the main or terminal station or depot, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, or the Washington Terminal Company may from time to time construct, establish, and maintain such additional stations or depots, for passengers or freight, as the company may deem necessary or useful in the conduct of its business, or for the accommodation of the freight and passenger traffic passing over the lines of railroad authorized by this Act, at such point or points within said District as the Council of the District of Columbia shall approve; provided, that no such station or depot within the city limits shall be located east of 2nd Street east, and west of North Capitol Street, and it shall be lawful for either of said companies to acquire, by gift, purchase, or condemnation, any land adjacent to any street or avenue along or upon which the lines of railroad and works hereby authorized shall be located, and hold and improve the same in such manner as it may deem necessary or beneficial to accommodate or promote the traffic on said railroad, and to extend and construct tracks of railroad into and upon any lands so acquired and connect the same with the tracks on such adjacent street or avenue; provided, however, that no grade crossing of any street or avenue within the City of Washington shall be thereby created, but such connecting tracks shall be elevated and carried over the portion of such street or avenue crossed in such manner as not to obstruct the free use thereof, and the plans of such connecting tracks and elevated structure shall in every case be first filed with and approved by the Council of the District of Columbia. And it shall be lawful for said companies, or either of them, subject to the same conditions and restrictions, to extend and construct, from time to time, branch tracks or sidings from the lines of railroad authorized hereunder into any lot or lots adjacent to any street or avenue along which said lines of railroad are located, upon the application of the owner or owners of such lot or lots, to enable such owners to use their property for the purposes of coal, wood, or lumber yards, manufactories, warehouses, and other business enterprises.


(Feb. 12, 1901, 31 Stat. 777, ch. 354, § 5.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1412.

1973 Ed., § 7-1212.

References in Text

“This Act,” referred to in the first sentence of this section, means the Act of February 12, 1901, 31 Stat. 777, ch. 354.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(175) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 9–1201.13. Railroads may use Union Station and terminals.

Any railroad company lawfully existing and authorized to extend a line of railroad into the District of Columbia, or having secured the right to operate over the lines of any other then existing railroad, to a point of connection with the tracks of the Washington Terminal Company, shall have the right to the joint use of said station and terminals authorized in the Act approved February 28, 1903 (32 Stat. 909), upon the payment of a reasonable compensation for the use of the same; and if the parties be unable to agree upon such terms, then the same shall be prescribed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, upon petition of either party in interest, under such rules of procedure as the said Court shall prescribe.


(Feb. 28, 1903, 32 Stat. 918, ch. 856, § 11; June 25, 1936, 49 Stat. 1921, ch. 804; June 25, 1948, 62 Stat. 991, ch. 646, § 32(b); May 24, 1949, 63 Stat. 109, ch. 139, § 127.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1413.

1973 Ed., § 7-1213.

Cross References

Public utilities, multiple company use of utility infrastructures, see § 34-1102.


§ 9–1201.14. Streets to be under or over railroad tracks.

(a) Any and all streets or highways within the District of Columbia now or hereafter planned or projected to cross any line of railroad, other than a street railway, in the District of Columbia, which may be hereafter opened to public use, shall be located, constructed, and maintained either beneath such railroad by a suitable subway, or above the same by a suitable viaduct bridge at such altitude as will not interfere with the free and safe operation thereof; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall require the location, construction, or maintenance of any such street or highway under or above any spur, industrial, switching or sidetrack, or branch line of any railroad unless the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall find the same is necessary in the public safety.

(b) The cost and expense of any project for opening any such street or highway within the limits of such railroad company’s right-of-way, including the cost of constructing the portion of any viaduct bridge, within said limits, shall be borne and paid as follows:

(1) The District of Columbia shall apply to the payment of such cost and expense all federal-aid highway-railway grade separation funds available for use by the District of Columbia at the time any such project is programmed and all such funds which become available for use on such projects by the District of Columbia during the construction of such project;

(2) If such federal-aid highway-railway grade separation funds are insufficient to pay the cost and expense of any such project, the portion not so covered shall be paid one-half by the railroad company, its successors and assigns, whose tracks are crossed and one-half by the District of Columbia; provided, that in no case shall the obligation of the railroad company affected exceed 10 per centum of the total cost and expense of such project;

(3) After construction, the cost of maintenance shall be wholly borne and paid in the case of highway overpasses by the District of Columbia, and in the case of highway underpasses by the railroad company, its successors and assigns, whose tracks are crossed; and

(4) The portions of such streets planned or projected as above which lie within a right-of-way belonging to such railroad company shall be dedicated by such company as a public thoroughfare when the portions of such street adjoining such right-of-way have been similarly dedicated or otherwise acquired.


(Feb. 28, 1903, 32 Stat. 918, ch. 856, § 10; May 9, 1941, 55 Stat. 182, ch. 93, § 1; July 25, 1956, 70 Stat. 638, ch. 720, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1414.

1973 Ed., § 7-1214.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 9–1201.15. Subways and viaducts to eliminate grade crossings authorized.

(a) The Mayor of the District of Columbia be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to construct viaducts and approaches thereto, to carry Fern and Varnum Streets over the tracks and right-of-way of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company and to construct a viaduct and approaches thereto to carry Eastern Avenue over the tracks and rights-of-way of The Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington Railroad Company and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, in accordance with plans and profiles of said works to be approved by the said Mayor; provided, that one-half of the total cost of constructing the viaduct and approaches thereto at Varnum Street and one-half of the total cost of constructing the viaduct and approaches thereto at Fern Street shall be borne and paid by the said Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, its successors and assigns, and that one-half of the total cost of constructing the viaduct and approaches thereto at Eastern Avenue shall be borne and paid by the said Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company and the said Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, their successors and assigns, in proportion to the widths of their respective land holdings, to the Collector of Taxes of the District of Columbia for deposit to the credit of the District of Columbia, and the said half cost shall be valid and subsisting liens against the franchises and property of the railroad companies concerned and shall constitute a legal indebtedness against the said railroad companies in favor of the District of Columbia, and said liens may be enforced in the name of the District of Columbia by a bill in equity brought by the said Mayor in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, or by any other legal proceeding against the said railroad companies; provided, that no street railway company shall use the said viaduct or any approaches thereto herein authorized for its tracks until said companies shall have paid to the Collector of Taxes of the District of Columbia, a sum equal to one-fourth of the total cost of constructing said viaducts and approaches, to be applied to the credit of the District of Columbia. No limitation shall run against claims made by the District of Columbia under the provisions of this section.

(b) For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this section, the sum of $405,000 is hereby authorized to be appropriated, payable in like manner as other appropriations, for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia, and the said Mayor is authorized to expend such sum or sums as may be necessary for personal services, engineering, and incidental expenses. The said Mayor is further authorized to acquire, out of the appropriation herein authorized, the necessary land, or any portion of the same, by purchase at such price or prices as in his judgment he may deem reasonable and fair, or, in his discretion, by condemnation in accordance with the provisions of §§ 9-1217.12 to 9-1217.24 [repealed], under a proceeding or proceedings in rem instituted in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; provided, that of the entire amount found to be due and awarded by the jury as damages for, and in respect of, the land to be condemned to carry the provisions of this section into effect, plus the costs and expenses of the proceeding or proceedings taken pursuant hereto, not less than one-half thereof shall be assessed by the jury as benefits, the amounts collected as benefits to be covered into the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the District of Columbia.

(c) Hereafter, the Mayor of the District of Columbia is authorized, whenever in his judgment it may be necessary for the public safety, and subject to appropriations to be made therefor by Congress, to construct subways or viaducts and approaches thereto, in accordance with plans and profiles of said works to be approved by him, to carry any street or highway crossing at grade any line of railroad track or tracks in the District of Columbia, or any street or highway within the District of Columbia now or hereafter planned or projected to cross any such line of railroad, under or over said track or tracks; provided, that the total cost of constructing any project for such viaduct or subway and approaches thereto shall be borne and paid as follows:

(1) The District of Columbia shall apply to the payment of the cost of such project all federal-aid highway-railway grade separation funds available for use by the District of Columbia at the time any such project is programmed and all such funds which become available for use on such project by the District of Columbia during the construction of such projects; and

(2) If such federal-aid highway-railway grade separation funds are insufficient to pay the cost of any such project, the portion not so covered shall be paid one-half by the railroad company, its successors and assigns, whose tracks are crossed and one-half by the District of Columbia; provided further, that in no case shall the obligation of the railroad company affected exceed 10 per centum of the total cost of such project; provided further, that in the event the rights-of-way of 2 or more railroad companies are so crossed said half cost as herein provided shall be paid by the said railroad companies, their successors and assigns, in proportion to the widths of their respective landholdings, but the obligations of such companies shall not, in the aggregate, exceed 10 per centum of the cost of such project; provided further, that after construction the cost of maintenance shall be wholly borne and paid in the case of highway overpasses by the District of Columbia, and in the case of highway underpasses by the railroad company, its successors and assigns, whose tracks are crossed; provided further, that in the event the rights-of-way of 2 or more railroad companies are so crossed, the cost of maintenance shall be borne and paid in the case of highway underpasses by the said railroad companies, their successors and assigns, in proportion to the widths of their respective landholdings. All provisions in respect to the method of payment and credit of said half cost, creation of a lien in respect thereto and enforcement thereof, conditions of use thereof by street railway companies, and every other kind of condition provided in subsection (a) of this section, and the authorization and every condition in respect thereto for the acquisition of any necessary land provided in subsection (b) of this section, in relation to the viaducts and their approaches therein authorized, are hereby made applicable to the subways, viaducts, and approaches authorized in this section the same as if enacted at length herein.


(Mar. 3, 1927, 44 Stat. 1353, ch. 306, §§ 1-3; June 25, 1936, 49 Stat. 1921, ch. 804; June 25, 1948, 62 Stat. 991, ch. 646, § 32(b); May 24, 1949, 63 Stat. 107, ch. 139, § 127; July 25, 1956, 70 Stat. 639, ch. 720, § 2; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 571, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 155(c)(28).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 7-1415.

1973 Ed., § 7-1215.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 9-1203.05 and § 9-1205.04.

Cross References

Eminent domain, condemnation proceedings, see § 16-1301 et seq.

References in Text

“ Sections 9-1217.12 to 9-1217.24,” referred to in the second sentence of subsection (b), have been repealed by § 704 of D.C. Law 7-201, effective March 10, 1983 and by § 16 of D.C. Law 5-24, effective August 2, 1983.

Editor's Notes

Office of Collector of Taxes abolished: The Office of the Collector of Taxes was abolished and the functions thereof transferred to the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia by Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1952. All functions of the Office of the Collector of Taxes including the functions of all officers, employees and subordinate agencies were transferred to the Director, Department of General Administration by Reorganization Order No. 3, dated August 28, 1952. Reorganization Order No. 20, dated November 10, 1952, transferred the functions of the Collector of Taxes to the Finance Office. The same Order provided for the Office of the Collector of Taxes headed by a Collector in the Finance Office, and abolished the previously existing Office of the Collector of Taxes. Reorganization Order No. 20 was superseded and replaced by Organization Order No. 121, dated December 12, 1957, which provided that the Finance Office (consisting of the Office of the Finance Officer, Property Tax Division, Revenue Division, Treasury Division, Accounting Division, and Data Processing Division) would continue under the direction and control of the Director of General Administration, and that the Treasury Division would perform the function of collecting revenues of the District of Columbia and depositing the same with the Treasurer of the United States. Organization Order No. 121 was revoked by Organization Order No. 3, dated December 13, 1967, Part IVC of which prescribed the functions of the Finance Office within a newly established Department of General Administration. The executive functions of the Board of Commissioners were transferred to the Commissioner of the District of Columbia by § 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967. Functions of the Finance Office as stated in Part IVC of Organization Order No. 3 were transferred to the Director of the Department of Finance and Revenue by Commissioner’s Order No. 69-96, dated March 7, 1969. The collection functions of the Director of the Department of Finance and Revenue were transferred to the District of Columbia Treasurer by § 47-316 on March 5, 1981.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.