What is zoning? Zoning is the set of rules that a city comes up with to define acceptable land use in specific areas.
It consists of regulations that control how big of a building you can build on a property, what you can do inside it. You can't just build anything anywhere - every property in New York City lives in a zoning district of one kind or another.
There are 3 Basic Zoning Districts in New York City. They are:
The three basic districts are further divided into a range of low, medium, and high-density districts.
There are also Overlay Zoning Districts, which may overlap with the basic zoning districts. They are: