Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–301. Definition and penalty.

Whoever shall maliciously burn or attempt to burn any dwelling, or house, barn, or stable adjoining thereto, or any store, barn, or outhouse, or any shop, office, stable, store, warehouse, or any other building, or any steamboat, vessel, canal boat, or other watercraft, or any railroad car, the property, in whole or in part, of another person, or any church, meetinghouse, schoolhouse, or any of the public buildings in the District, belonging to the United States or to the District of Columbia, shall suffer imprisonment for not less than 1 year nor more than 10 years. In addition to any other penalty provided under this section, a person may be fined an amount not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01.


(Mar. 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1323, ch. 854, § 820; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 303(j), 60 DCR 2064.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-401.

1973 Ed., § 22-401.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-2101, § 22-3152, § 23-546, and § 24-112.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 added the last sentence.

Cross References

Kindling of bonfires, see § 22-1313.

Murder in the first degree, description, see § 22-2101.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 303(j) of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.