We provide comprehensive zoning reports with calculations, code references, and easy to understand diagrams to communicate the zoning potential of a property. This can tell you what is allowed to be built on your property as well as what restrictions and requirements you will have to consider.
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Zoning is a set of rules that determine the legal use of land as well as the shape and size of buildings to be built on the property. The Zoning Resolution Of New York City are the guidelines for what we can build in NYC. Governing all property developments. The NYC Department Of City Planning governs Zoning, and the NYC Department Of Buildings enforces and approves zoning in NYC. All new buildings, new houses, building enlargements / additions, and change of use require zoning analysis to be submitted to the Department Of Buildings for approval. The zoning analysis and documents are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the NYC DOB plan examiners as part of the work applications.
If you intend to do a development in NYC and you expect a specific challenge in zoning you can file for a predetermination with DOB. As architects we can file for a predetermination before filing the job with the DOB. The commissioner’s office will interpret and issue a determination on zoning implementation.
If you are interested in some general information on residential zoning see our NYC Residential Zoning page for a basic district breakdown. Please feel free to Contact Fontan Architecture with any questions. We are always happy to hear about your projects no mater what stage you are in.
Our blog features many topics in architecture here are our most recent posts on the topic of Zoning. Most of our Zoning articles are in reference to NYC Zoning.