How City’s Zoning can help your business.

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series City Procurement

How can you use Zoning to your advantage?


Zoning is a key tool for carrying out the City’s planning and land use policies. Regulatory land use and its development, including all details on what can you build, how large it can be built and where can you build it, is determined in the Zoning decisions.


Specifically, zoning is a law that organizes how land may be used. It establishes an orderly pattern of development across neighborhoods and the City by identifying what may be built on a piece of property.” 


NYC Zoning Resolution contains the lands’ division into districts where similar rules apply. These regulations are designated to the districts based on their land use issues by setting limits on how property owners may use said land.


Project developments in NYC must comply with the Zoning Resolution mentioned above and immediately qualify for a building permit issued by the Department of Buildings (DOB). But if a project requires particular reviews and/or approvals or modifications to existing zoning regulations, a revision from the Department of City Planning (DCP) and its Commission is required.


Before starting the formal public review of the application, a.k.a: Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), City Planning begins the Pre-Certification process. This is the timeframe spent between the applicants’ first contact with the DCP to the start of the ULURP process.


It involves two reviews at the same time:

    1. “a land use review of the application to ensure that the application is complete and technically accurate and
    2. an environmental review whose purpose is to disclose and analyze potential impacts that the development proposal may trigger.”


Once the reviews are done, the application is ready to begin the public review process. Here’s a quick overview of the steps before the ULURP process:



Check below to find these projects’ status!



NYC Zoning Application Portal


Through DCP’s beta Zoning Application Portal (ZAP), it’s possible to search/find current information about Land Use applications. Click on the link above and take a look!


Once you enter, you’ll be able to use several different filters to search for the projects you’re interested in. Here is an overview of how to filter projects on the ZAP:

    • Project Status:
        • Filed
        • Noticed
    • In Pubic Review
        • Completed
        • Unknown
    • Text Match:
        • Phrase
        • Name
        • Number
    • Radius Filter
    • Date Certified/Referred
    • Borough/Block:
        • Citywide
        • Manhattan
        • Bronx
        • Brooklyn
        • Queens
        • Staten Island
    • Community District
    • Action Type
    • Zoning Resolutions
    • FEMA Flood Zone:
        • A
        • Shaded X
    • ULURP Type:
      • ULURP
      • Non-ULURP


Let’s take into consideration a ReZoning example and how to track them via NYC’s ZAP: Gowanus Rezoning. By applying the filters on Borough (Brooklyn) and Text match (Gowanus), you can find all the details of the project named in the portal as Ninth Street Rezoning with all the details of the primary applicant, a project brief and actions taken until this moment.


How is this information valuable to you?


By keeping track of all projects that are under public review in the City, you’re capable as a business owner to know all of the details on the trades and needs of each one. As well as being up-to-date with its advances to involve your business and bid on these projects.


You can keep finding contracting opportunities near your business and a way to implement this tool to provide beneficial practices within your business outreach systems.


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