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E.g., 04/12/2024
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02/02/2022

Because the Zoning Regulations contain several provisions regarding the regulation of Accessory Buildings, the Office of Zoning Administration has summarized these regulations in RF zones for clarity: 

ZA-028
02/05/2021

The Office of Zoning Administration has reviewed several applications where a portion of a top of a building is being used as roof deck which is adjacent to a partial top story at the same level.

ZA-024
02/05/2021

The longstanding practice of the Office of Zoning Administration allows accessory buildings which are non-conforming due to not meeting required yard setbacks and/or contributing to an excessive lot occupancy, to be razed...

ZA-029
02/05/2021

This interpretation summarizes the standard operating procedure (SOP) between DOB’s Office of Zoning Administration and the Office of the Surveyor regarding the condition of a Record Lot that is overlain by an Assessmen

ZA-022
02/05/2021

The Zoning Administrator has determined that a Certificate of Occupancy for an existing hotel would not need to be changed to allow an extended stay hotel operation. A hotel or lodging use is permitted to have short term [i.e.

ZA-027
02/05/2021

The Zoning Regulations exclude fences from yard setback requirements under Section B-324.1(b): 

ZA-025
02/05/2021

Under Section K-811.9(a), the amount of street frontage for eating and drinking establishments is limited to not more than 50% of specified blocks in the Mixed-Use Uptown Arts Zones. 

ZA-030
02/05/2021

The Office of Zoning Administration has a long-standing practice that it will recognize a submitted building permit application that is considered complete for foundation to grade and/or new construction of the permanent...

ZA-023
02/05/2021

Section D-805.1, which denotes the Wesley Heights Overlay map entitled "Required Front Yard Setbacks” for the R-14 and R-15 zones, illustrates the required front yard setback dimensions for these areas: 

ZA-021
02/05/2021

Section B-304.8 excludes certain portions of an interior of a building from the calculation of Gross Floor Area [GFA]: 

ZA-026

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