NYC Zoning Handbook:
Commercial Districts: C4

C4 districts are major commercial centers located outside of the central business districts. They allow department stores, theaters and other commercial uses that serve a larger area. They are not mapped as an overlay. C4 districts are not permitted to include home maintenance and repair services (Use Group 7) which would interrupt the desired continuous retail frontage. C4 districts are usually found in regional centers like Rego Park or Fordham Road.

There are a number of contextual C4 districts in which shorter, higher coverage buildings are encouraged. The commercial and residential bulk and density regulations in these districts differ somewhat from corresponding non- contextual districts. (See Table 7B in Appendix E.)

C4-2F is not a contextual district It contains a special mapping restriction and allows development only by special permit of the City Planning Commission. This district is currently mapped in Rego Park.

Parking requirements vary with district and use but high density C4-5 to C4-7 districts are usually exempt from parking requirements for commercial uses.

C4: General commercial districts

Note: Commercial parking requirements vary with use and district.

Shopping centers and offices in outlying areas
C4-1Commercial FAR: 1.0
Residential FAR: 1.25
(R5 equivalent)

Shopping centers and offices in more densely built areas
C4-2Commercial FAR: 3.4
C4-3Residential FAR: 0.78 to 2.43*
(R6 equivalent)

C4-2ACommercialFAR: 3.0
C4-3AResidential FAR: 3.0
(R6A equivalent)

C4-4Commercial FAR: 3.4
C4-5Residential FAR: 0.87 to 3.44**
(R7 equivalent)

C4-4ACommercial FAR: 4.0
C4-SAResidential FAR: 4.0
(R7A equivalent)

C4-5XCommercial FAR: 4.0
Residential FAR: 5.0
(R7X equivalent)

Shopping centers and offices in densely built areas
C4-6Commercial FAR: 3.4
Residential FAR: 10.0
(to 12.0 with bonus)
(R10 equivalent)

C4-6ACommercial FAR: 3.4
Residential FAR: 10.0
(to 12.0 with lower-income housing)
(R10A equivalent)

Shopping centers and high bulk offices in densely built
central areas with no parking requirements
C4-7Commercial FAR: 10.0
(to 12.0 with bonus)
Residential FAR: 10.0
(to 12.0 with bonus)
(R10 equivalent)
Commercial uses are exempt from parking requirements

C4-7ACommercial FAR: 10.0
Residential FAR: 10.0
(to 12.0 with lower-income housing)
(R10A equivalent)
Commercial uses are exempt from parking requirements

* Residential FAR of 3.0 permitted under Quality Housing on wide streets outside the Manhattan Core.

** Residential FAR of 4.0 permitted under Quality Housing on wide streets outside the Manhattan Core.

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