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Operations Policy And Procedure Notices

Issuance #619

Operations Policy And Procedure Notices #7/02

Date:

October 16, 2002

Subject:

Adult Establishments -- Securing Priorities

Effective:

Immediately

Reference:

Zoning Resolution provisions relating to adult establishments

Supersedes:

OPPN 06/96

Purpose:

To clarify procedures in order to ascertain whether a proposed adult establishment within 500 feet of or on the same zoning lot as another adult establishment is in violation of NYC Zoning Resolution ("ZR") §§32-01 and 42-01.

Specifics:

  1. APPLICANT

    1. Directive 14 and the Professional Certification of Application and Plans Process (OPPN #5/02) shall not be used for any filing related to adult establishments. No permit issued under a professionally certified application shall be a basis for an establishment to secure its priority to operate as an adult establishment.

    2. ZR §§32-01 (c) and 42-01 (c) prohibit an adult establishment from locating within 500 feet of another adult establishment. ZR §§32-01 (d) and 42-01 (d) prohibit more than one adult establishment on a zoning lot.

      For an adult establishment that began operating on or after August 8, 2001, a Department permit is required to secure its priority to operate as an adult establishment at a particular location. For an adult establishment that is identified by the Department as having been operating as a lawful adult establishment prior to August 8, 2001, a Department permit is not required to secure its priority. However, if an adult establishment operating prior to August 8, 2001 does not obtain a Department permit to secure priority, it might not be able to establish its priority to operate as an adult establishment.

      Securing priority to operate as an adult establishment means that another adult establishment that subsequently proposes to locate or locates within 500 feet of it or on the same zoning lot will not be allowed.

    3. For all filings relating to existing or proposed adult establishments, the applicant shall indicate in Section 16 (comments) of the PW1 application form that the filing is to create, alter, enlarge or extend an adult establishment or to erect a business sign accessory to an adult establishment or that the filing otherwise involves an adult establishment. Priority to operate as an adult establishment at a permitted location shall be as of the issuance date of the permit that authorizes the adult use.

      To secure priority as an adult establishment when no work requiring a building permit is proposed, an applicant may file an Alteration (Alt.) III application with the Department and secure a "no work" permit.

    4. A filing/application to secure priority as an adult establishment shall include the following:

      1. a separate area diagram detailing all existing uses and block and lot numbers within 500 feet of the center line of the door(s) of the principal entrance of the proposed adult establishment or of the center line of the ground floor of the door(s) giving the most direct street access to the proposed adult establishment, including a statement that there are no churches or schools within the 500 foot radius;

      2. a survey detailing the zoning districts within 500 feet of the center line of the door(s) of the principal entrance of the proposed adult establishment or of the center line of the ground floor of the door(s) giving the most direct street access to the proposed adult establishment;

      3. a statement that no other adult establishment exists within 500 feet of the center line of the door(s) of the principal entrance of the proposed adult establishment or of the center line of the ground floor of the door(s) giving the most direct street access to the proposed adult establishment.

       

  2. PLAN EXAMINER

An objection shall be raised if: (1) there exists a church, school, or another adult establishment whether existing, permitted, or approved, within 500 feet of the proposed adult establishment; (2) there is an adult establishment whether existing, permitted, or approved, on the same zoning lot as the proposed adult establishment; (3) the proposed adult establishment is in or within 500 feet of a prohibited zoning district; or (4) the proposed adult establishment fails to comply in any other way with zoning or other applicable provisions.

 

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