The concept of Zoning was created as a foundation for the future of NYC, in its embryonic stages of real estate development. Zoning determines the size and use of buildings, where they are located and, in large measure, the densities of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Along with the city's power to budget, tax, and condemn property, zoning is a key tool for carrying out planning policy. New York City has been a pioneer in the field of zoning policy since it enacted the nation's first comprehensive Zoning Resolution in 1916.
Please click on the link below for a reference guide to NYC Zoning regulations.