NYC Zoning Handbook: Appendix B
How To Use The Resolution
Each section of the text is identified by a number. The first two or
three digits preceding the hyphen indicate the article and chapter. The
remaining digits indicate the section or subsection. For example, 43-121
identifies Article IV, Chapter 3, Subsection 121 (a subsection within
Throughout the resolution, all words specifically defined in the text
Use, bulk, and parking regulations for each district are indicated
separately within the appropriate article. For example, Article II
contains regulations for Residence Districts, Article III contains
regulations for Commercial Districts, Article IV contains regulations
for Manufacturing Districts.
How to Determine what may be Built on a Specific Piece of Land
- Identify the district in which the project is located by referring to the appropriate map.
- Turn to the article indicated by the district symbol (R = Residence; C =Commercial; M = Manufacturing).
- Read the general provisions at the beginning of each applicable chapter to determine special regulations or information.
- Check the Use Group chart in the article to see which Use Groups are permitted in the district.
- Read the sections on these Use Groups to see which uses are permitted in the
district as a mailer of right and which uses are allowed only by a special permit
from the City Planning Commission or the Board of Standards and Appeals.
- Determine which bulk and parking regulations apply to the zone in which the
site is located.
How to Determine where a Specific Use may be Located
For quick reference, turn to the Index of Uses in Appendix A of the Zoning Resolu-
tion to determine the zoning districts in which the use may locate. For more specific
information, read the applicable use, bulk, and parking regulations in the resolution.
In districts listed without an asterisk, a use is permitted as a matter of right. In
districts marked with a single asterisk, a special permit from the Board of Standards
and Appeals is required. In districts marked with a double asterisk, a special permit
from the City Planning Commission is required. City Planning Commission special
permits are subject to City Council review in cases where the community board and
the Borough President have recommended disapproval, or where the Council itself
votes to consider the mailer.