NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R8B

The regulations of R8B are similar to those of R8A; they encourage high coverage buildings that are compatible with existing low-rise buildings on the block. A six-story apartment building with a one-story setback is intended to line up with the traditional rowhouses prevalent in R8B neighborhoods such as parts of Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn, and the mid-blocks of the Upper West Side and Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The FAR in R8B districts is 4.0. The front wall of a new building must occupy the full width of the lot and must align with the front walls of adjacent buildings within a maximum Squired distance from the street line of eight feet on wide streets and 15 feet on narrow streets. The maximum building height and setback are determined by the building envelope which may not be penetrated by the building. The building envelope is controlled by the intersection of front and rear sky exposure planes that rise according to a specific ratio. The Quality Housing Program is mandatory in R8B districts.

Basic Data

R8B: General residence district

Maximum FAR: 4.0*
Maximum lot coverage:
Corner lot 80%
Interior or through-lot 70%
Maximum street wall height 60 feet
Minimum lot area per DU: 169 square feet
Maximum DUs per acre: 258
Required parking: 50% of dwelling units**
Quality Housing Program: Mandatory

*Except in Manhattan Community District 8 where an FAR of 5.1 is permitted for community facilities.

**Except in Brooklyn, where R8B districts are subject to the 40 percent parking requirements applicable in R8 districts.

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