Building Arcade NYC Zoning Bonus

(Last Updated On: December 19, 2019)


A building arcade is a covered portion of a building that is otherwise open to a street or public area.


NYC Zoning Building Arcade Bonus


What is a Building Arcade?

A building arcade is a covered portion of a building that is otherwise open to a street or public area. These are called arcades because historically they were built with a series of arches supporting a roof.

The primary goal of this post is to identify the significance of an Arcade with regards to the New York City Zoning Resolution Floor Area Bonuses.


Qualifying Building Arcades

The NYC Zoning Resolution offers a Floor Area Bonus in certain cases for buildings with an Arcade. The following is a general outline of some required qualifications:

  • An arcade must be open and unobstructed for a height of at least 12 feet.
  • Must be open for its entire length with the exception of columns.
  • Arcades must be open to a street or to a public open space on the property.
  • The depth is to be between 10 feet and 30 feet.
  • Is should extend at least 50 feet or the full length of the street line if less than 50 feet.
  • On a corner lot it shall be at least 500 square feet and at least 10 feet in its smallest dimension.
  • It must be at street level or at the level of a public space on the property.
  • Arcades must be accessible to the public at all times.
  • Parking cannot be within an arcade or within 10 feet of one.


You may also want to read about the NYC Plaza Zoning Bonus.


Building Arcade and the NYC Zoning Resolution.

As an architect, I study Building and Zoning Codes closely, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. In this article, we reviewed some of the basic concepts with regards to the NYC Arcade Zoning Bonus. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.


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