NYC Zoning

Density

Density Factor / Dwelling Unit Factor

  Density Factor is a zoning term for the maximum allowable number of residential units one can develop on a property. The allowable residential square footage of the building is divided by the density factor to determine the allowable number of units. These factors vary in...

Floor Area Ratio NYC

Floor Area Ratio FAR Zoning Calculations

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is a mathematical formula that determines how many square feet can be developed on a property in proportion to the lot area. The property area is multiplied by the FAR factor; with the result being the maximum floor area allowed for...

Quality Housing Program NYC

Quality Housing Program NYC

The quality Housing Program is a set of zoning regulations that intend to maintain the existing character of neighborhoods by giving incentives to developers with potentially higher building floor areas. Quality Housing is mandatory in R6 through R10 contextual zoning districts and optional in all...

Zoning Variance NYC

Zoning Variance NYC

What Is a Zoning Variance? A Zoning Variance is a special approval to develop a property in a manner that does not completely conform with the Zoning Regulations. Zoning Variances are typically issued when a property has a unique condition that causes a hardship on the...

R6A Small Zoning Lot

Small Zoning Lots in NYC

Small Zoning Lots in NYC are residential zoning lots where the area of the lot is less then the minimum required by code or where the width of the property is less then that required by code. If a residential property is a small zoning...

R6A Zoning NYC

R6A Zoning NYC Residential

R6A Zoning is a Contextual Zoning District in New York City. As a contextual district buildings developed in R6A Zoning must comply with Quality Housing Program Regulations. In NYC R6A is a subdistrict of R6 Zoning.   R6A ZoningĀ  R6A is a medium density residential zoning district. Similar...

Contextual Zoning NYC

Contextual Zoning Districts in NYC

Contextual Zoning is an attempt to make certain neighborhoods more uniform in their size and shape of their buildings. Below is a list to residential and commercial contextual zoning districts.   Contextual Zoning in NYC Contextual Zoning are certain zoning subdistricts that have additional requirements. The goal is...

NYC Mixed Use Building Development

Mixed Use Building Design NYC FAR

According to New York Zoning code a mixed use buildings is a building with residential use and another use for example a residential building with commercial space on the first floor. As an architect I get a lot of clients who are confused about how to...

R1 Zoning NYC

R1 Zoning NYC, Single Family Zoning

R1 Zoning is a single family residential zoning district in New York City. You can only build single family residences in R1 zoning. Two family and multi family is not allowed. You can, as in all residential zoning districts, build community facilities as an option,...