Use Group 13 NYC Open Amusement Zoning

by | May 20, 2019 | NYC Zoning

The NYC Zoning Resolution has Use Groups to categorize buildings based on their use. NYC Zoning Use Group 13 is mostly open entertainment uses and some retail uses.


Zoning NYC Use Group 13

Certificate Of Occupancy for Use Group 13

Use Groups are listed on the Certificate Of Occupancy for a building. Use Group 13 has four categories. A Certificate Of Occupancy or CO for Use Group 13 would identify the use of spaces as:

  • 13A 
  • 13B
  • 13C
  • 13D

Use Group 13A Amusement Establishments

  • Overnight Camps or outdoor day camps
  • Children’s amusement parks with a zoning lot up to 10,000 square feet
  • Circuses, carnivals or fairs
  • Commercial beaches or swimming pools
  • Golf driving ranges
  • Miniature golf courses
  • Outdoor roller skating rinks
  • Outdoor skateboard parks up to 2 acres
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Theaters

Use Group 13B Retail

Use Group 13B consists of certain retail uses.

  • Banquet halls
  • Catering
  • Drive in refreshment stands

Use Group 13C

Use Group 13C is for Boat Fuel Sales

Use Group 13D

Use Group 13D is for accessory uses to the other uses in Group 13.


Where Can You Build Use Group 13 in NYC?

Commercial Zoning Districts

You can develop Use Group 13 in certain commercial districts in NYC:

  • C7 Commercial Amusement
  • C8 General Service

Manufacturing Zoning Districts

Manufacturing Zones allow for Use Group 13


NYC Zoning Use Group 13

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 13. 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 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.