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Applicant Portal > Application Process Overview Printable Version

New Standards Release

New guidelines for basic drawings and action-specific guidelines for some of our most commonly requested Special Permit, Authorization and Certification actions listed in the Zoning Resolution are now available. These guidelines will be accessible from DCP’s Applicant Portal and will be paired with sample land use applications so that DCP’s requirements are more transparent and easier to meet.

The Basic Drawing Guidelines are intended to be used as a resource or checklist in the creation of drawings for City Planning. They are simple lists of items to remember to include when producing architectural drawings and are general in nature. TRD and Borough staff will use these documents as reference tools going forward.

Action specific standards for the following land use actions will be made available: FRESH Actions (63-22, 63-23, 63-30, 63-40, 63-50), Developments in Historic Districts (74-711, 74-712), Nursing home related actions (22-42, 74-90, 74-901, 74-902), House of worship parking waivers (25-35, 36-25, 44-25), and rooftop greenhouses (75-01).  This will be part one of a multi-part release, with more to come this summer.

In many cases, we have revised our recent past practices and reduced requirements for some actions. For example, nursing home Certifications and Special Permits under ZR 22-42 and 74-90 will no longer require a letter from the New York State Dept. of Health.  All guidelines will only be applicable to new projects that have not yet participated in an Interdivisional Meeting, unless the new requirements are less than previously stated. 

If you have general questions or concerns about a specific project, or would like to RSVP for a future training session on these items, please contact David Parish at or at 212-720-3364.”


Welcome to the applicant portal. The portal provides information to prospective applicants on City Planning’s review of land use and environmental applications. Most development in New York City is as-of-right, meaning that a proposed development complies with the Zoning Resolution and qualifies for a building permit administered by the Department of Buildings. However, projects that require special review or approvals, or modifications to existing zoning regulations are required to be reviewed by the Department and the City Planning Commission. 

Prior to the start of the formal public review of an application, known as the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure or ULURP, City Planning reviews an application for completeness. This time period between an applicant's first contact with DCP to the start of ULURP is called the Pre-Certification process. The pre-certification process involves two parallel reviews: a land use review of the application to ensure that the application is complete and technically accurate and an environmental review whose purpose is to disclose and analyze potential impacts that the development proposal may trigger. Once these two concurrent reviews are complete, the application can begin the public review process.


Pre-Certification Process Chart

This page provides an overview of the steps in the Application process.

Step 1: Understanding What's Allowed on Your Property

Access City Planning’s resources to understand what is allowed on your property.

Step 2: Begin the Pre-certification Process

Once you have determined that the existing zoning does not allow your development proposal, you are ready to begin the pre-certification process.

Step 3: Preparation of Land Use and Environmental Applications

Once the land use actions and level of environmental review have been determined, you can begin to prepare the land use and environmental applications. Before they are filed, City Planning will review and comment on the draft applications.

Step 4: Filing of Application & Paying Fees

Once the application has been reviewed and the associated fees paid, it can be formally filed with City Planning.

Step 5: ULURP Process

To be approved, a number of applications will have to go through New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which codifies the public review process. For the application to enter the ULURP process, City Planning needs to certify that it is complete. For non-ULURP applications, review and approval by the Department of City Planning or the Chair of the Commission are required.



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