Sheepshead Bay Zoning

by | Last updated May 26, 2020 | NYC Zoning


The Special Sheepshead Bay Zoning District in Brooklyn is one of many special zoning districts in New York City. Special Districts have additional zoning requirements otherwise not stipulated in the Zoning Resolution.


Sheepshead Bay Zoning

The Sheepshead Bay Zoning District is Broken up into 8 Areas. Areas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, & H.


Special Sheepshead Bay District 

Below we will outline some of the special regulations within the Special Sheepshead Bay Zoning District or SB Zoning District.


Terms for Development Rights Transfers

The following are terms defined specifically for the Special District. This district has special regulations for transferring unused Development Rights or Air Rights for Zoning Bonuses to other sites within the Special District.

Granting Site

Granting Sites are sites where Floor Area can be transferred to another site known as a receiving site.

Receiving Site

Receiving site is the site to receive Floor Area from a Granting Site.

Air rights

Air Rights or Development Rights are the allowed floor area that can be developed on a property. In many cases these can be transferred to other properties. We have another post you can read if you want to learn more about Air Rights Transfers.


Use Restrictions

There are multiple use restrictions within this Special District including limitations on size for certain types of uses.

Emmons Ave Plazas

Most properties on Emmons Ave must have a Plaza.


Special Sheepshead Bay Zoning District

As an architect, I study Building Codes and 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 Special Sheepshead Bay Zoning District. 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.