C5-1A Zoning NYC

C5-1A Zoning NYC

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2019)

C5-1A Zoning is a Contextual Restricted Commercial Zoning district in NYC. In C5-1A you can build a variety of commercial building uses, community facilities, and residential buildings. C5-1A has a residential equivalent of R10A.


C5-1A Zoning

The C5-1A Zoning District is a contextual sub district of C5 Zoning and C5-1 Zoning in NYC a commercial zoning district with optional residential use. Zoning districts that end with a letter are usually contextual zoning districts. Contextual Zoning Districts are required to comply with the Quality Housing Program for residential use. Commercial Buildings in Contextual Zoning have some Quality Housing Regulation applied to them as well specifically height and setback requirements.

C5-1 Zoning Districts:

C5-1A Residential Equivalent:

  • R10A


C5-1A Zoning Regulations

The C5-1A Zoning District has normally commercial and residential uses. The commercial uses are usually retail and offices. This found in a small portion of Manhattan in the Upper East side.


C5-1A 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 or mixed use building. The residential equivalent for C5-1A is R10A Zoning.


Mixed Use Building C5-1A

You can develop a mixed use building with commercial and residential zoning. In this case you would apply the requirements of C5-1A and R10A in designing a mixed use building.


C5-1A Zoning Specifications

C5-1A Commercial Floor Area Ratio (FAR):

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

FAR =  4

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

C5-1A Community Facility Floor area Ratio

FAR =  10

This FAR applies to buildings with both commercial and community facility use.

Yard Requirements for Commercial Use in C5-1A

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

C5-1A Building Height and Setbacks

The building height and setbacks of commercial contextual districts are governed by the residential equivalent height and setback requirements for the Quality Housing Program.


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 C5-1A. This analysis does not assume to cover every possible issue and condition, but provide a general overview of the zoning codes.


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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 a Zoning Analysis please feel free to Contact Fontan Architecture directly. We will be happy to help.


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