Use Group 15 NYC Commercial Zoning

by | Last updated Jun 7, 2019 | Published on May 31, 2019 | NYC Zoning

The NYC Zoning Resolution has Use Groups to categorize buildings based on their use. NYC Zoning Use Group 15 is for large open amusements.


Zoning NYC Use Group 15

Certificate Of Occupancy for Use Group 15

Use Groups are listed on the Certificate Of Occupancy for a building.

  • 15A 

Use Group 15A Amusement Establishments

Use Group 15A consists of amusement parks

  • Amusement arcades
  • Amusement parks
    Animal exhibits
    Ferris wheels, roller coasters, whips, parachute jumps, merry-go-rounds etc…
  • Freak shows, wax museums, dodgem scooters
  • Open booths with games of skill or chance


Where Can You Build Use Group 15 in NYC?

Commercial Zoning Districts

You can only develop Use Group 15 in one commercial district C7 in NYC. It will not be possible to do in any other areas. This use group will be very limited as to where you could develop.

  • C7 Commercial Amusement


NYC Zoning Use Group 15

As an architect I study Zoning Codes closely, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. In this article we reviewed some of the basic concepts with regards to the NYC Zoning Use Group 15. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.


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Jorge Fontan
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.

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