Hotel Zoning in NYC

by | Last updated Jun 3, 2020 | Published on Sep 3, 2017 | Commercial, NYC Zoning

Hotels fall under commercial zoning in New York. You can build hotels in commercial zoning and some manufacturing zoning districts. Hotels are not permitted in residential zoning unless it has a commercial overlay that allows for hotels. Below is a list of hotel zoning districts in NYC and some basic information on zoning for hotels.


Hotel Zoning NYC

Where can you build a hotel in NYC? Hotels in NYC are allowed in certain zoning districts. Many commercial districts allow hotels. Residential districts do not necessarily allow for hotel zoning but if they have a commercial overlay, that could potentially allow for hotels in certain areas. Some manufacturing districts allow for hotels aswell.


Zoning Hotel Districts

NYC Commercial Overlay Districts for Zoning Hotels

Commercial overlays are zoning districts where you can build commercial within a residential district. Only residential districts with the follow commercial overlays allow for hotel use. To learn more about these districts you can check out a post we wrote on Commercial Overlays.

  • C1 commercial Overlay districts that allow for hotels
  • C2 commercial Overlay districts that allow for hotels
    • C2-1 with Restrictions
    • C2-2 with Restrictions
    • C2-3 with Restrictions
    • C2-4 with Restrictions
    • C2-5

You can also build residential building in most commercial districts. We have another post about residential building in commercial zoning if you are interested. The option also exists to build a mixed use building.

NYC Commercial Districts for Hotel Zoning


NYC Manufacturing Districts for Zoning Hotels


Hotel Zoning In M1 Districts Special Permit

The NYC City Planning Commission has passed an amendment to the Zoning Code in regards to developing hotels in M1 zoning districts. This requires a Special Permit to be issued for developing a hotel in M1 areas. The proposal will reduce the number of hotels that can be developed in the areas specified by City Planning. In the affected areas hotels will be approved on a case by case basis with a Special Permit. We have another post you can read to learn more about M1 Hotel Zoning.


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If you have questions about hotel zoning please feel free to leave a comment below or you can contact us directly to discuss a specific project. I hope this was helpful and good luck with your project.


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Jorge Fontan

This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.

  • Agnes Fong says:

    Can a building with a R7A zoning (currently a mixed use building) convert to a hotel?

  • J Smith says:

    Do hotel rooms need windows?

  • Joseph K says:

    Hi, possible to build a Hotal at M3-1 zoning?

  • selena w says:

    Hi Jorge,
    how likely to get an approval for special permit for a HOTEL in a M1-3 zoning in LONG ISLAND CITY?
    how long is the process on getting the special permit?

    • I can’t speculate on how likely it is to get a permit or on the time frame. This is still a new rule less than a year old and there are many variables involved. If you would like to discuss it we can. My office number is 212 321 0194.

  • Carolina Bassal says:

    Jorge, always find your articles very helpful. Looking at a 25’x100’ lot – M1-4/R8. Considering making this into a bed and breakfast, which is just operationally different than a hotel (but think very small – micro units).
    The FAR is 2.0 as far as I understand it, though some CF uses might be attached to this idea on the ground floor to bump up the FAR. What I don’t understand is the R8 portion of this, how does it affect the project?
    I’m thinking maybe 3 units in the back 3 in the front, 6 per floor x 3 floors? + ground floor (can I have an F&B component on the ground floor? Currently there’s a restaurant there)

  • Ken says:

    Hello Jorge

    can you build a hotel in a lot of 50′ Wide X 59′ deep in R6A with layover of C2-4 on Jamaica Avenue?

  • Eury Vargas says:

    After the new zoning amendment. Could you build hotel in M1-2D ? If so what FAR would be permitted?

  • Betty says:

    Hello Jorge, can a hotel be build on a C8-1?

    Thank you kindly.

  • greg harvey says:

    is a train station considered a highway

  • Neil says:

    Can you do hotel on C2-1 with R5 if its 1000 ft from major expy?

    • It depends here is the code:

      In a C2-1, C2-2, C2-3 or C2-4 District, each #transient
      hotel# shall be located on a #zoning lot# in whole or in
      part within a 1,000-foot radius of the entrance or exit of a
      limited-access expressway, freeway, parkway, or highway, all
      of which prohibit direct vehicular access to abutting land
      and provide complete separation of conflicting traffic
      flows, measured from the centerline of the entrance or exit
      ramp at its intersection with the nearest adjacent #street#.

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