NYC Zoning Handbook:
Commercial Districts: C2
C2 districts permit a wider range of local retail and service
establishments than C1 districts and are intended to serve a
wider neighborhood. Additional uses permitted in C2 include
funeral homes, small lumber stores, business and trade
schools, small bowling alleys, and other businesses that
could not be supported by a smaller neighborhood. Regulations
limit commercial use to one or two floors.
C2-1 to C2-5 districts are mapped as overlays in residential
districts, while C2-6 to C2-8 districts are not mapped as
overlays. When C2-1 to C2-5 districts are mapped in R1 to R5
and R6B districts, the maximum commercial FAR is 1.0; when
mapped in other R6 and R7 to R10 districts (including the
contextual districts) the maximum commercial FAR is 2.0.
Residential bulk in these commercial districts is governed by
the regulations of the surrounding residential district. The
maximum commercial FAR in C2-6 to C2-8 districts (including
the contextual districts) is 2.0, while residential bulk
ranges from that permitted in R7 districts for C2-6 districts
to that permitted in R10 districts for C2-8 districts.
The regulations applicable to a new building located within a
contextual commercial district are similar to those of the
corresponding contextual residence district with respect to
allowable lot coverage, required streetwall height, the
location of the front building wall and the permissible
residential bulk and density.
Parking requirements are generally the same as in C1
districts. There are no parking requirements for C2 districts
mapped in densely populated areas (C2-5 to C2-8); C2
districts mapped in less dense areas have more stringent
C2: Local shopping and services with residential uses
Maximum commercial FAR: 1.0 to 2.0
Residential FAR governed by R district
Parking requirements vary with use and district
- Where C2-1 to C2-5 districts are mapped as overlays in R1
to R5 districts, the maximum commercial FAR is 1.0.
- Where C2-1 to C2-5 districts are mapped as overlays in R6
to R10 districts, the maximum commercial FAR is 2.0.
In other C2 districts (C2-6 to C2-8 districts), the maximum
commercial FAR is 2.0. The residential equivalent of each
district is indicated below: