New Construction

HPD Design Guidelines for New Construction

HPD Design Guidelines cover page.

The Office of Development's Division of Building and Land Development Services (BLDS) issued the HPD Design Guidelines for New Construction (the "Guidelines") in March 2021, which establishes the criteria by which BLDS will evaluate proposed developments for multifamily new construction, supportive, and senior housing projects, upon application to HPD for financial assistance. The Guidelines may also be used to guide the design of 1-3 family homes.

Projects participating in the Inclusionary Housing incentive programs (either Mandatory Inclusionary Housing or Voluntary Inclusionary Housing) that are not subsidized through any HPD loan programs are not subject to the Guidelines but are subject to HPD review of zoning and accessibility requirements. Design Review to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Guidelines is a prerequisite to loan closing for any new construction project developed under applicable HPD loan programs. All drawings and documents submitted to BLDS by the development team for design review must be submitted digitally through eBLDS, which is the electronic system for storing, coordinating, and transferring these documents. Note: Projects receiving 421-a tax credits only are not subject to HPD Design Review.

HPD seeks to support projects that meet several core principles. Projects should:

  • Have a strong relation to the neighborhood (urban design and building planning)
  • Meet the needs of households and individuals (apartment planning and accessible design)
  • Promote greater equitability and health outcomes
  • Encourage active design
  • Utilize sustainable or renewable products and promote energy efficiency
  • Select sustainable features that can potentially reduce operating costs  
HPD Accessibility Guide cover page.

HPD Accessibility Guide

The City also aims to better support developers to provide accessible housing and meet the needs of New Yorkers with disabilities. HPD developed a supplementary document, the HPD Accessibility Guide, which outlines the accessibility requirements that apply to multifamily housing. The new guide features a useful diagnostic tool to help design professionals navigate the multiple layers of accessibility regulations and includes an expanded library of accessibility sketches that were formerly found in the previous version of the design guidelines.





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Existing Guidelines

The Guidelines supersede both the HPD Design Guidelines for Multifamily New Construction and Senior Housing issued in May 2016 (which replaced the HPD Design Guidelines for New Construction published in August 2000) and the HPD Design Guidelines for Supportive Housing issued in February 2012.