Residential equivalent and Commercial Zoning

Residential Buildings in Commercial Zoning NYC

(Last Updated On: July 2, 2019)

New York City has 3 types of zoning districts: Commercial, Residential, and Manufacturing. In most cases you can develop a residential building in a commercial zoning district.

Can you build a residential building in a commercial zoning district in NYC?

In most cases you can build a residential building in a commercial zoning district in New York City. The majority of commercial zoning districts have a Residential District Equivalent zone, with a few exceptions. These equivalent zones are for residential use in a commercial district.

 

Commercial And Residential Zoning

You can build mixed use buildings in Commercial Zoning Districts with a Residential Equivalent. Alternatively you can build a commercial building or just residential.

This article does not address Commercial Overlays which are commercial use in Residential Zones. A commercial overlay is different from a residential equivalent.

Zoning Districts starting with a C are Commercial Zoning Districts for Example C6-1 Zoning.

Zoning districts starting with an R are Residential Zoning districts for example R7-1 Zoning.

Hotels are governed by Commercial Zoning to see what zoning districts allow hotel take a look at a post on Hotel Zoning Districts in NYC.

 

Here is a list of commercial zoning districts in NYC and their residential equivalents. Only commercial zoning districts with residential equivalents are listed.

 

RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT EQUIVALENT IN COMMERCIAL ZONES

Commercial Zoning DistrictEquivalent Residential Zoning District
C1-6R7
C1-6AR7A
C1-7R8
C1-7AR8A
C1-8R9
C1-8AR9A
C1-8XR9X
C1-9R10
C1-9AR10A
C2-6R7
C2-6AR7A
C2-7R9
C2-7AR9A
C2-7XR9X
C2-8R10
C2-8AR10A
C3R3-2
C3AR3A
C4-1R5
C4-2R6
C4-2AR6A
C4-3R6
C4-3AR6A
C4-4R7
C4-4AR7A
C4-4DR8A
C4-4LR7A
C4-5R7
C4-5AR7A
C4-5DR7D
C4-5XR7X
C4-6R10
C4-6AR10A
C4-7R10
C4-7AR10A
C5-1R10
C5-1AR10A
C5-2R10
C5-2AR10A
C5-4R10
C5-3R10
C5-5R10
C6-1R7
C6-1AR6
C6-2R8
C6-2AR8A
C6-3R9
C6-3AR9A
C6-3DR9D
C6-3XR9X
C6-4R10
C6-4AR10A
C6-4XR10X
C6-5R10
C6-6R10
C6-7R10
C6-8R10
C6-9R10
Residential District Equivalent in Commercial Zoning Districts

 

Residential in Commercial Zoning NYC

As an architect I study zoning. In this post we covered a few issues with regards to residential equivalent zoning in commercial districts. This post does not assume to cover every possible situation, nor substitute the NYC Zoning Resolution.

 


Thank You for reading our blog post on Residential and Commercial Zoning.

If you would like to speak with an architect please feel free to Contact Us at Fontan Architecture. If you would like to learn more about what we do you can look into our zoning analysis services or new building design services.

 

2 Comments

  • Abu Bakr Salaam

    August 2, 2019 1:31 pm
    Reply

    We would like to know, in a r6b zoned area can this pro ject qualify
    for a 24 unit or 14 unit housing floor plan of 10k sq ft

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