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New York City Loft Board
Welcome to the Loft Board

In 1982, the New York State Legislature enacted the New York City Loft Law and established the New York City Loft Board to regulate the legal conversion of certain lofts in the city from commercial/manufacturing use to residential use.  Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL), also known as the Loft Law, created a new classification of buildings in New York City known as interim multiple dwellings ("IMD").  Generally, this classification encompasses formerly commercial and manufacturing loft spaces that were used as residences by at least three independent families during the period of April 1, 1980 through December 1, 1981.  Because these lofts failed to meet the fire safety and other code requirements for legal residential occupancy, the Loft Law also established the Loft Board with the mission of coordinating the legal conversion of these spaces to safe residential use.

In June of 2010 and again in January of 2013, the State Legislature amended the Loft Law to include units in a commercial or manufacturing building where three or more families have lived independently from one another for 12 consecutive months from 1/1/08 through 12/21/09, in a building that lacks a residential certificate of occupancy.

In addition, the amended Loft Law requires that units covered under the expanded window period must have at least one window that faces a street, legal yard or legal courtyard;  must be at least 400 square feet and may not be located in a basement or cellar;  or  in an industrial business zone (other than Greenpoint or Williamsburg, North Brooklyn and certain areas of the Long Island City industrial business zone); Furthermore, the building may not have been used as of June 21, 2010, and continuing at the time of submitting a coverage application, for certain activities that are inherently incompatible with residential use. (See 29 RCNY 2-08 (j) - (s), available through the Laws, Rules and Orders section of the Loft Board's website at nyc.gov/loftboard.

Recent News

NOTICE: As of June 17, 2014, The Loft Board's Office Will be Located on the 4th Floor of 280 Broadway, New York, NY. 10007

The Loft Board's Office Will be Closed All Day Monday, June 16Th and Tuesday, June 17th.

NOTICE: The May 15th and June 19th Loft Board meetings are cancelled.  The next Board meeting will be held on July 17, 2014 at 22 Reade Street at 2pm.


Announcement
Video of the Loft Board meeting, April 24, 2014
Video of the Loft Board meeting, March 20, 2014

Loft Board Report
Download Loft Board Report (in PDF)
View Loft Board Report (in Flash)

Recently Published Rules
THE LOFT BOARD RULES WERE PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 12, 2013

The following Proposed Rules were published to the City Record on Monday, April 15, 2013.
Download Rule 2-12 as of 4-10-13
Download Rule 2-11.1 as of 4-10-13
Download Rule 2-01 as of 4-10-13
Download Rule 1-06.1

On January 30, 2013, the New York State Legislature amended the Loft Law
Download Changes to the Loft Law (in PDF)
Download Changes to the Loft Law Bill (in PDF)

Effective February 21, 2013 all Loft Board meetings will begin at 2 pm at 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall- Main Floor- New York, New York

New Service Requirement Is Now in Effect
The changes to section 1-06 of the Loft Board’s rules became effective as of July 28, 2011. Among the changes is the requirement that, prior to filing applications with the Loft Board, applicants must now serve all affected parties directly. For instructions on completing applications, and serving and filing applications, please click on the following link.
Download Instructions for Completing an Application (in PDF)
Download Instructions for Filing an Answer (in PDF)
Download Instructions for Serving and Filing an Application (in PDF)

The New York City Loft Board will adopt the 2011 amendment to § 2-01.1 Reasonable and Necessary Action to Legalize Building
Learn more (in PDF)
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