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Introduction
Effective Dates
Definition of Terms
Applicability to Zoning Districts
Appendices
Required Graphic Symbols

Introduction

The text of the Zoning Resolution consists of 13 articles that establish zoning districts and set forth the regulations governing land use and development. Articles I through VII contain the use, bulk, parking and other applicable regulations for each zoning district. The three major articles are Article II, with regulations for residence districts, Article III for commercial districts, and Article IV for manufacturing districts. Articles VIII through XIII set forth the purpose and regulations for each Special Purpose District.

Each article contains a number of chapters and each chapter contains many sections, each with a four-, five- or six-digit number. The digits before a hyphen indicate the article and chapter; the digits following the hyphen indicate the section number. For example, Section 123-62 references Article XII, Chapter 3, Section 62.

View the online version of the Zoning Resolution.

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Effective Dates

The date at the top of each section is the date on which that section was added or last amended and thereby became effective. The title page of each online chapter file also lists the effective date of the most recently added or amended section of the chapter. In addition, the Zoning Amendment Index lists all zoning text amendments since 1993, along with the effective date, ULURP number, and the new or modified section numbers.

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Definition of Terms

All words defined in the Resolution are surrounded by pound signs (#) on the web (or italicized in the print version) and the definitions are set forth in Article I, Chapter 2, or within the chapters where the definitions apply.


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Applicability to Zoning Districts


Most sections have a list of, or reference to, the zoning districts to which that section applies. If the district listed has an alphabetical or numerical extension, R3A or C5-3 for example, the text applies only to those specific districts. If the district listed has no extension, C5 for example, the text applies to all districts encompassed by that district (C5-1, C5-1A, C5-2, C5-2A, C5-3, C5-4 and C5-5). When no districts are listed, the regulations apply to all districts covered by the article (all residence districts in Article II for example).


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Appendices


Appendices to the Zoning Resolution provide quick reference and include:

  • PDF Document Appendix A – An Index of Uses lists designated use groups, applicable zoning districts, parking requirement category and whether a special permit is required. The index is intended for quick reference and should not be used as a substitute for the Resolution.

  • PDF Document Appendix B – An Index of Special Purpose Districts lists the map symbols, applicable chapters and zoning map(s), CP/ULURP numbers and CPC and City Council  enactment dates. Special districts that have been eliminated or replaced are also listed.

  • PDF Document Appendix C – City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) Environmental Designations: A table indicates the information for each number (E-12, for example) assigned to a lot indicating the need for remediation.
  • PDF Document Appendix D – A table of Restrictive Declarations indicates such information for each number (D-23, for example) assigned to a zoning lot.

  • PDF Document Appendix E – Design Requirements for Plazas, Residential Plazas and Urban Plazas developed prior to October 17, 2007.

  • PDF Document Appendix F – Inclusionary Housing designated areas:  A series of maps showing the boundaries of IH designated areas, listed by borough and community district.

  • PDF Document Appendix G – Quantities of Radioactive Material.

  • PDF Document Appendix H – Designation of Arterial Highways.

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Required Graphic Symbols


The Zoning Resolution contains several references to graphic symbols provided in digital files on the Department of City Planning website.

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