- Which of 18 “use groups” the building is in, which affects how it may be used
- How big the building can be (floor area ratio, lot lines and lot coverage)
- How many units are allowed, in residential buildings
- Open-space and parking requirements
- Anything specific to the area
Before you can make significant changes to a property, you need a permit from the city showing your plan conforms to existing zoning. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to ask for a discretionary action, a special permit or other authorization by the City Planning Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals or the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In some cases, you may be able to get a variance allowing you to depart from zoning requirements.
Only a qualified zoning attorney can advise you on how best to meet your project’s needs and represent you throughout the process, including in administrative or legal appeals to an initial decision. If necessary, we can also represent clients accused of zoning violations before the Environmental Control Board or a court. And we’re available to help clients whose zoning has changed in a way that adversely affects them.
Robert Aronov & Associates, PC 88-02 136th St, Jamaica, NY 11418 (718) 206-1555 https://realestatelawyernys.com