New Process rules
City Planning has adopted new agency rules to establish submission and meeting participation requirements prior to the filing of a land use or environmental review application. The new rules formalize the pre-filing components of the newly improved BluePrint application review process and provide a clear roadmap for applicants and the Department to follow as a project moves from conception to filing. Current applicants as of October 31, 2013, may be grandfathered from certain process steps and should review the rules and consult with their lead planner. To access the new rules, go to DCP rules.
City Planning will hold information sessions for practitioners to learn more about the new rules. If you are interested in participating in a session, please email InfoSession@planning.nyc.gov.
APPLICATION PROCESS OVERVIEW
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.
This page provides an overview of the steps in the Application process.
Access City Planning’s resources to understand what is allowed on your property.
Once you have determined that the existing zoning does not allow your development proposal, you are ready to begin the pre-certification process.
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.
Once the application has been reviewed and the associated fees paid, it can be formally filed with City Planning.
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.