Attic Floor Area NYC Zoning

When Attics Count as Floor Area NYC

(Last Updated On: December 9, 2018)

An Attic is basically any space directly under a roof. According to the New York City Zoning Resolution attics count as zoning floor area in certain instances and do not in others.

 

Attic Floor Area

 

Attic Floor Area Counted For Zoning

The following are instances where attic floor area is counted for Zoning Floor Area:

Attic Spaces with a headroom over 5 feet is counted for zoning floor area in the following zoning districts: R2A, R2X, R3, R4, and R5.

Attic Spaces with a headroom of 8 feet or more count as zoning floor area in the following zoning districts: R1 & R2 (Except R2A and R2X)

Attic Space for R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10

  • Attic space with head height of 8 feet or more count as zoning floor area for One and Two family homes in R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10
  • Attic space with head height of 8 feet or more count as zoning floor area for multifamily buildings in R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10 if they were built before February 2nd, 2011
  • All Attic spaces count as zoning floor area for multifamily buildings in R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10 if they were built after February 2nd, 2011

 

Attic Floor Area Not Counted For Zoning 

The following are instances where attic floor area is not counted for Zoning Floor Area. You can see another post we have on areas not counted for zoning and zoning deductions.

Attic Spaces with a headroom under 5 feet can be deducted from zoning in the following zoning districts: R2A, R2X, R3, R4, and R5.

Attic Spaces with a headroom under 8 feet can be deducted from zoning in the following zoning districts: R1 & R2 (Except R2A and R2X)

Attic Space for R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10

  • Attic space with head height under 8 feet can be deducted for One and Two family homes in R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10
  • Attic space with head height under 8 feet can be deducted for multifamily buildings in R6, R7, R8, R9, & R10 if they were built before February 2nd, 2011

 

Can attics be habitable space?

An attic can be occupied as habitable space if it complies with all residential zoning regulations and building codes for habitable rooms.

 


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This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.

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