C2-7 Zoning NYC

C2-7 Zoning NYC

(Last Updated On: February 1, 2019)

C2-7 Zoning is a Local Retail and Local Service Commercial Zoning District in NYC. In C2-7 you can build a variety of commercial building uses, community facilities and residential buildings. C2 Zoning has a low commercial FAR of 2 but these buildings can often have a residential development above the commercial spaces.

 

C2-7 Zoning

The C2-7 Zoning District is a sub district of C2 Zoning in NYC.

C2-7 Zoning Districts:

C2-7 Residential Equivalent:

  • R9

 

C2-7 Zoning Regulations

The C2-7 Zoning District is primarily residential with commercial uses on the street level. Kips Bay and Midtown West of Manhattan have C2-7 Zoning. The commercial uses are usually typical commercial uses for residential areas including retail, restaurants and services for the day to day needs of a residential neighborhood.

 

C2-7 Residential Equivalent

Most Commercial Zoning districts have a Residential Equivalent. This equivalent is the Residential Zoning you would comply with when developing a residential building. The residential equivalent for C2-7 is R9 Zoning.

 

Mixed Use Building

You can develop a mixed use building with commercial and residential zoning. In this case you would apply the requirements of C2-7 and R9 in designing a mixed use building. Because of the low Floor Area Ratio for C2-7 it would be most likely that a new development would have residential use above the commercial floor(s) in order to maximize the development potential.

 

C2-7 Zoning Specifications

C2-7 Commercial Floor Area Ratio (FAR):

Floor Area Ratio determines the floor area that can be built on the property.

FAR =  2

The FAR is for Commercial Floor Area residential use usually differs from Commercial.

Plaza Floor Area Bonus:

1 to 6 ratio plaza to building floor area bonus

In C2-7 the Plaza Bonus applies to buildings with community facility use.

You can build 6 additional square feet of building for every square foot of plaza. Plazas have specific requirements not all locations qualify.

Arcade Floor Area Bonus 

1 to 3 ratio arcade to building floor area bonus

In C2-7 the arcade Bonus applies to buildings with community facility use.

You can build 3 additional square feet of building for every square foot of arcade. Arcades have specific requirements not all locations qualify.

C2-7 Community Facility Floor area Ratio

FAR =  10

Sometimes the FAR is higher for community facilities as it is in this case.

Yard Requirements for Commercial Use in C2-7

Side Yards

Side Yards are not required, but if side yards are provided they must comply with the following:

At minimum 8 feet in width or

At minimum 5 feet in width with an average width of 8 feet.

Some special circumstances will require side yards.

Rear Yard

20 Foot rear yard required

C2-7 Height And Setback

Initial Setback Distance

20 feet on narrow street

15 on wide street

Building Height Within Initial Setback Distance = 85 feet or 6 stories whichever is less

Sky Exposure Plane Vertical to Horizontal

Narrow Street Sky Exposure Plane = 2.7 to 1

Wide Street Sky Exposure Plane = 5.6 to 1

C2-7 Alternate Height And Setback

Alternate height and setback regulations can apply if you provide open space for the entire length of the front lot line.

Depth Of Optional Front Yard

15 feet on narrow street

10 on wide street

Sky Exposure Plane Height Above Street Line = 85 feet

Sky Exposure Plane Vertical to Horizontal

Narrow Street Sky Exposure Plane = 3.7 to 1

Wide Street Sky Exposure Plane = 7.6 to 1

 

Sliver Law

You should always make sure if your property is subject to sliver law restrictions.

 

NYC Zoning

As an architect I study zoning very closely. NYC Zoning is complicated and quite involved. In this article we reviewed some of the basic Zoning Codes with regards to commercial zoning district C2-7. This analysis does not assume to cover every possible issue and condition, but provide a general overview. This post does not substitute the NYC Zoning Resolution.

 

Thank You for reading our Blog Post on C2-7 Zoning in NYC.

I hope this was helpful. You can leave questions or comments below. If you want to discuss a specific project with an architect or get help with an Architectural Zoning Analysis please feel free to contact Fontan Architecture directly. We will be happy to help.

 

New York Architects, Jorge Fontan

Author Jorge Fontan AIA

This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.

2 Comments

  • Rebecca Aldous

    August 16, 2018 5:01 pm
    Reply

    Hi,

    This site is amazingly helpful. I am looking at a property designated C2-7A. What does the A stand for and how does it amend or alter this zoning?

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