Large Retail Zoning NYC Use Group 10

by | Last updated Jun 7, 2019 | Commercial, NYC Zoning

The NYC Zoning Resolution has Use Groups to categorize buildings based on their use. NYC Zoning Use Group 10 consists of Large Retail Commercial uses such as Department Stores.


Commercial Zoning NYC Use Group 10

Certificate Of Occupancy for Use Group 10

Use Groups are listed on the Certificate Of Occupancy for a building. Use Group 10 has three categories. A Certificate Of Occupancy or CO for Use Group 10 would identify the use of spaces as:

  • 10A 
  • 10B
  • 10C

Use Group 10A Retail and Services

  • Flooring Stores (No Limit on Square Footage)
  • Clothes Stores (No Limit on Square Footage)
  • Department Stores
  • Office Records Storage Depositories
  • Docks and Ferries (No Limit on Passenger Count)
  • Fabric Stores / Dry Goods (No Limit on Square Footage)
  • Eating and Drinking Establishments in Hotels
  • Furniture Stores (No Limit on Square Footage)
  • Office Equipment sales or rental
  • Photo or Film Production Studios
  • Radio or Television Studios
  • Household Appliance Stores (No Limit on Square Footage)
  • Variety Stores (No Limit on Square Footage)

Use Group 10B

Use Group 10B consists of Wholesalers with storage for samples only.

Use Group 10C

Use Group 10C is for Accessory Uses


Where Can You Build Use Group 10 Commercial uses in NYC?

Commercial Zoning Districts

You can develop Use Group 10 in certain commercial districts in NYC:

  • C4 General Commercial
  • C5 Restricted Central Commercial
  • C6 General Central Commercial
  • C8 General Service

Manufacturing Zoning Districts

Manufacturing Zones allow for Use Group 10 commercial uses


NYC Commercial Zoning Use Group 10 

As an architect I study Zoning Codes closely, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. In this article we reviewed some of the basic concepts with regards to the NYC Zoning Use Group 10 for Commercial establishments. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.


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Jorge Fontan

Jorge Fontan

This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 20 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.