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What should I know about zoning?

| Nov 11, 2020 | Real Estate Disputes

Zoning can impact your real estate purchase in many ways. Since it is a government-managed system, zoning issues can be very difficult to clear up. 

It helps to know from the start what the zoning is for the property you wish to buy. According to the City of New York website, you can visit the NYC website for a zoning map that should provide you with the information you need to know what type of zoning your property has. 

Zoning basics

The NYC Zoning Resolution sets zoning rules for the city. These rules cover size restrictions and use for buildings. It also dictates the locations and density of neighborhoods. There are three zoning districts: residential, commercial and manufacturing. Each district has low, medium and high sections. Some areas may be a mix of the different zoning districts. 

Commercial zoning

Most concerns come with commercial zoning. The rules for this type of district will tell you how you can use the building and what size it can be. Rules also tell you how far of a distance needs to be between your building and surrounding buildings. Plus, it dictates things like parking requirements and sets lot lines. 

The other districts set similar rules, but there are differences as each type of zone has different needs. 

Additional information

Zoning can be complex and confusing. So, if you have any additional questions, you can contact the Department of City Planning’s Zoning Information Desk. Leave a message, and someone should respond within 48 hours. Make sure your message contains as many details as possible if you wish to receive a comprehensive response. 

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