Obtaining a Zoning Variance in NYC

Obtaining a Zoning Variance in NYC

If you are proposing a property development that does not comply 100% with the Zoning Resolution of NYC this would require a special approval known as a Zoning Variance to proceed with the development. A Zoning Variance can be requested in NYC as a special approval to...
NYC Residential Property Development Checklist

NYC Residential Property Development Checklist

Property Survey Environmental Site Assessment Easements Deed Restrictions Previous Air Rights Deals Grandfathered Conditions Landmark Violations Underlying Zoning District Commercial Overlay Special Zoning District Small Zoning Lots Year of Apportionment Sliver Law...
What are JLWQA Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists

What are JLWQA Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists

Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists or JLWQA is a building use for buildings designated for Artist live work spaces. This applies in certain loft dwellings in a few Zoning districts within New York City.   Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists: JLWQA There are...
Base Flood Elevation vs Design Flood Elevation Definitions

Base Flood Elevation vs Design Flood Elevation Definitions

The Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is an elevation indicated on the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map defining the elevation of a potential flood. The Design Flood Elevation (DFE) uses the BFE in order to determine the appropriate elevation for construction of new...

Zoning Lot vs Tax Lot NYC Zoning

A tax lot is a real property recorded on the City Tax Map and a Zoning Lot is the extent of land to be treated as one lot for the purposes of assessing the Zoning. In most cases, the tax lot and zoning lot are the same, but a zoning lot can be made up of multiple tax...
Hard Cost vs Soft Cost in Construction and Development

Hard Cost vs Soft Cost in Construction and Development

Hard costs are costs directly related to construction including material and labor costs. Soft costs are additional costs not directly related to the construction budget such as architectural fees or permit fees. Hard Cost and Soft Cost are terms used to differentiate...