Hotel Zoning in NYC

by | Last updated Jun 3, 2020 | Commercial, NYC Zoning

Hotels fall under commercial zoning in New York. You can build hotels in commercial zoning and some manufacturing zoning districts. Hotels are not permitted in residential zoning unless it has a commercial overlay that allows for hotels. Below is a list of hotel zoning districts in NYC and some basic information on zoning for hotels.


Hotel Zoning NYC

Where can you build a hotel in NYC? Hotels in NYC are allowed in certain zoning districts. Many commercial districts allow hotels. Residential districts do not necessarily allow for hotel zoning but if they have a commercial overlay, that could potentially allow for hotels in certain areas. Some manufacturing districts allow for hotels as well.


Zoning Hotel Districts

NYC Commercial Overlay Districts for Zoning Hotels

Commercial overlays are zoning districts where you can build commercial within a residential district. Only residential districts with the follow commercial overlays allow for hotel use. To learn more about these districts you can check out a post we wrote on Commercial Overlays.

  • C1 commercial Overlay districts that allow for hotels
  • C2 commercial Overlay districts that allow for hotels
    • C2-1 with Restrictions
    • C2-2 with Restrictions
    • C2-3 with Restrictions
    • C2-4 with Restrictions
    • C2-5

You can also build residential building in most commercial districts. We have another post about residential building in commercial zoning if you are interested. The option also exists to build a mixed use building.

NYC Commercial Districts for Hotel Zoning


NYC Manufacturing Districts for Zoning Hotels


Hotel Zoning In M1 Districts Special Permit

The NYC City Planning Commission has passed an amendment to the Zoning Code in regards to developing hotels in M1 zoning districts. This requires a Special Permit to be issued for developing a hotel in M1 areas. The proposal will reduce the number of hotels that can be developed in the areas specified by City Planning. In the affected areas hotels will be approved on a case by case basis with a Special Permit. We have another post you can read to learn more about M1 Hotel Zoning.


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If you have questions about hotel zoning please feel free to leave a comment below or you can contact us directly to discuss a specific project. I hope this was helpful and good luck with your project.


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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.