hotel zoning

Hotel Zoning in NYC

(Last Updated On: December 31, 2019)

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 Contact Fontan Architecture directly. I hope this was helpful and good luck with your project. Additionally if you would like to read more about zoning you can look at our zoning due diligence services or zoning analysis blog post.



  • bob

    November 17, 2017 3:13 pm

    Hello there,
    In a M1-4 zoning district, is commercial retail allowed?

  • Bob

    November 20, 2017 6:44 pm

    Max FAR would remain 2

  • Jason J

    December 5, 2017 8:36 pm

    Hi, how high can a C8-2 hotel zoning be and any parking requirements? In a lot 57×100, c8-2(2.00)/4.80, CF bonus. Thanks.

  • Yanni

    March 27, 2018 7:39 pm

    Hi Jorge – thank you for your responses. There is a ton of helpful information that I see posted. I had my own situation/question I was hoping to run by you.

    I am working on two lots that are in a R5D, R4-1 zone with a C2-4 overlay.

    Across the street, a property recently was developed into a hotel in a M1-1 zone.

    What is the likelihood that we could also develop a hotel as of right on our site, with our zoning, and what would the Max FAR be? Would we need to include some form of incl. housing? If we went all commercial, would we be limiting our Max FAR?

    Thanks for your help,

  • David

    March 31, 2018 12:53 am

    Hi is C1-4/R6 can do hotel?thanks

  • mike

    April 13, 2018 4:28 am

    m1-4 zoning community facility 6.5 far, what can be built on this lot is 60×95
    existing its over built at 3.98

  • Robert Carmody

    July 3, 2018 4:20 pm

    Can you build a Hotel if it is less 1000 feet from a major road/artery specifically City Island NY in a C1-2 ,C2-1 or M-1 which is a special zoning district


    July 11, 2018 9:06 pm

    I have a 75×111 lot in a m1-1 zone can I build a hotel there? It is one block from Richmond Terrence in Staten Island. If yes is parking required?

    Same question for 30×81 in a c8-1.

      • Latif Chowdhury

        July 15, 2018 2:37 pm

        Hi, I have m1-1 lot 20×100

        2,000 sf lot

        My question is how many floors of hotel can I build?

        How many rooms?

        East Brooklyn

        Please let me know

  • Terence McNicholas

    July 23, 2018 3:52 pm

    Would you happen to know how I would figure out the maximum number of hotel rooms I could build on a 28,000 sf lot that is split between a c8-1 and m1-1 zoning? I understand residential zoning has DU factor but was wondering if there was a kind of equivalent in commercial development.

    I believe I can build hotel as of right but there is also the potential to get a rezoning from the city for MX.

    We currently have no architect attached to the project.

  • john Malloy

    November 22, 2018 6:33 pm

    Hey Jorge,

    is there a specific zoning for a Hostel? or is it the same as for a hotel?

  • Jordan Beeber

    November 24, 2018 7:47 pm

    Can a developer do a hotel in an M-1 district?

  • Neil

    February 7, 2019 7:51 pm

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

  • greg harvey

    February 26, 2019 2:23 am

    is a train station considered a highway

  • Betty

    March 4, 2019 6:21 pm

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

    Thank you kindly.

  • Eury Vargas

    March 8, 2019 9:40 pm

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

  • Ken

    March 14, 2019 9:15 am

    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?

  • Carolina Bassal

    March 16, 2019 5:53 pm

    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)

  • selena w

    July 14, 2019 10:22 pm

    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?

  • Joseph K

    July 28, 2019 9:11 pm

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

  • J Smith

    August 22, 2019 6:52 pm

    Do hotel rooms need windows?

  • Agnes Fong

    November 15, 2019 12:26 pm

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

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