NYC Zoning

Plaza Bonus NYC Zoning

In NYC developing a public plaza can result in a zoning bonus allowing additional floor area for a building in certain zoning districts. The Zoning District will determine if this option is available and what extend of bonus will be allowed.   NYC Zoning Plaza Bonus   What Is...

Open Space Ratio

Open Space Ratio is a Zoning term for the amount of open area on a zoning lot in the form of a percentage relative to the building square footage. A 10,000 square foot building with an Open Space Ration of 20% would have 2,000 square...

Non-Conforming vs Non-Complying Zoning

In Zoning a Non-Conforming Use is a legal existing use that does not conform with the allowed Zoning Uses for its district. A Non Complying Building is a legal existing building who's bulk does not comply with the Zoning District's Bulk Requirements for example floor...

Manhattan Core Zoning

The Manhattan Core is a Zoning Term in reference to the areas of Manhattan in Community Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.   Manhattan Core The Manhattan Core is a used in Zoning to distinguish parts of Manhattan for special regulations. Specifically New York...

Lower Density Growth Management Area

The Lower Density Growth Management Areas are certain zoning districts within Staten island and Part of The Bronx where additional zoning codes exist to limit development and prevent an increase to the density of the neighborhoods. This is meant to limit what was considered "over...

Lot Coverage Definition NYC Zoning

Lot Coverage is a Zoning term for the amount of lot area a building occupies. The lot coverage is normally shown in the form of a percentage and is calculated by dividing the applicable building footprint by the lot area and multiplying by 100.   Lot Coverage...

Limited Height District NYC

In New York City a Limited Height District (LH) is a district where building heights are limited. This applies to buildings and other structures and is set by the Landmarks Planning Commission.   Limited Height Districts NYC The Limited Height districts are indicated on the Zoning Maps. These...

Base Plane Definition NYC Zoning

A base plane is an imaginary horizontal plane that determines the elevation from which a building's height is measured. There are multiple ways to calculate a base plane outlined in the NYC Zoning Resolution.   Base Plane Definition The following is based on the New York City Zoning...