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City releases updated and digital Zoning Resolution

Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago announced the release of the City’s new online Zoning Resolution.

The free digital platform makes New York City’s official Zoning Resolution – the City’s text for land use and development – instantly accessible to New Yorkers.

“Because it shapes the city in which we live, the Zoning Resolution affects every New Yorker. By putting an interactive Zoning Resolution online for the first time, New Yorkers – be they neighborhood residents, elected officials or community leaders – as well as planners, students, lawyers and industry professionals, can easily search the Zoning Resolution,” said DCP director Lago.

The digital platform serves as a green replacement for the physical copy of the Zoning Resolution. It offers keyword searches and easy navigation of what was, until now, available only in hardcopy. The document will no longer be printed, saving money, increasing government transparency and helping to fight climate change.

The New York City Zoning Resolution is a legal instrument that regulates and establishes limits on the use of land and building size, shape, height, and setback. The current Resolution was adopted on Dec. 15, 1961, and has continuously evolved since then as new land use regulations are mapped or altered. The City’s first Zoning Resolution was adopted in 1916.

Until now, the 1,570-page paper Resolution could be purchased for $750, or could be viewed on DCP’s website, but only via static PDFs for each chapter.

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