62-40 Special Parking and Loading Regulations
The applicable district regulations pertaining to permitted or required off-street parking facilities accessory to residential uses shall apply to all developments on waterfront blocks except as modified in this Section or in Section 62-45 (Supplementary Regulations for All Parking Facilities).
On waterfront blocks, parking spaces accessory to residential uses may be located on the roof of a building, or portion thereof, that does not contain dwelling units or rooming units, provided that:
(a) the roof level is not higher than 23 feet above the base plane;
(b) the perimeter of the roof is enclosed by a four foot high parapet wall or other enclosure at least 50 percent opaque;
(c) trees are provided in accordance with Section 62-655 (Planting and trees) at the rate of one tree for each 10 parking spaces for parking areas at grade;
(d) if on the roof of a portion of a building containing dwelling units or rooming units, the sill level of any dwelling unit or rooming unit windows opening onto such roof area is at least 10 feet above the roof and no parking spaces or vehicular aisles are located within 10 feet of a wall with dwelling unit or rooming unit windows; and
(e) no flood lighting shall be permitted and any lighting shall be directed away from any residential windows on the same or an adjacent zoning lot.
For developments on waterfront blocks, the provisions of Sections 25-52 and 36-42 (Off-site Spaces for Residences) shall be modified so as to permit all permitted or required accessory spaces to be located on a separate zoning lot, provided that:
(a) such off-site facility is not located in an R1, R2, R2X, R3-1, R3A, R3X, R4-1, R4A or R4B District;
(b) if such off-site facility is located in other R3, R4 or R5 Districts, such off-site facility is contiguous or would be contiguous except for its separation by a street or street intersection to the zoning lot occupied by the residences to which the spaces are accessory;
(c) if such off-site facility is located in other than a R3, R4 or R5 District, all parking spaces shall not be further than 1,000 feet from the nearest boundary of the zoning lot occupied by the residences to which they are accessory;
(d) in R3, R4 and R5 Districts, such off-site facility shall be an open lot not exceeding 12,000 square feet. In other districts, parking structures shall be permitted and the maximum size of the facility shall be governed by the provisions of Sections 25-12 and 36-12 (Maximum Size of Accessory Group Parking Facilities);
(e) in Residence Districts, no parking spaces are located within a required front yard or within four feet of any lot line. Front yards shall be planted and screening shall be provided along any lot lines in accordance with Section 62-655 (Planting and trees);
(f) in all districts, lighting shall be directed away from adjoining buildings containing residences. In no event shall flood lighting be permitted for off-site facilities in Residence Districts; and
(g) in all districts, trees shall be provided in accordance with Section 62-655 at the rate of one tree for each 10 parking spaces for on-site facilities within a waterfront block.
The applicable district regulations pertaining to permitted or required off-street parking facilities accessory to non-residential uses shall apply to all developments on waterfront blocks except as modified in this Section or in Section 62-45.
On waterfront blocks, parking spaces accessory to non-residential uses may be located on the roof of a non-residential building or a non-residential portion of a building containing residential use, provided that they comply with Section 62-411 (Accessory residential roof parking), paragraphs (a) through (e).
For developments on waterfront blocks, the provisions of Sections 36-43 (Off-site Spaces for Commercial or Community Facility Uses) and 44-32 (Off-site Spaces for All Permitted Uses) shall be modified to permit such spaces to be within 1,000 feet of the zoning lot to which they are accessory.
Accessory off-street parking spaces, open or enclosed, shall be provided in conformity with the requirements set forth in the table in this Section for all developments involving the commercial docking facilities listed. For the purposes of this Section, the term development shall also include, in the case of an existing docking facility, an increase in any unit of measurement used in computing parking requirements.
In addition, passenger drop-off and pick-up areas shall be provided as set forth in Section 62-462.
Accessory off-street parking or drop-off and pick-up area requirements for docking facilities serving ferries or sightseeing, excursion or sport fishing vessels may be modified by City Planning Commission authorization pursuant to the provisions of Section 62-821.
REQUIRED PARKING SPACES FOR DOCKING FACILITIES
Docking Facilities Serving
Number of Required Parking Spaces
Non-commercial pleasure boats
C1 thru C8
M1 M2 M3
1 per 2 berths or moorings
Sightseeing, excursion or sport fishing vessels
R3** thru R5**
C1-1 C2-1 C3 C4-1
0.30 x p*
R6** R7-1** R7A** R7B** R7D**
C1-2 C2-2 C4-2 C8-1 M1-1 M1-2
M2-1 M2-2 M3-1
0.20 x p*
R7-2** R7-3** R7X** C1-3 C2-3 C4-3 C7 C8-2
0.15 x p*
C1-4 C2-4 C4-4 C8-3
0.10 x p*
C1-5 thru C1-9
C2-5 thru C2-8
C4-4A C4-5 C4-6
C5 C6 C8-4
M1-4 M1-5 M1-6
M2-3 M2-4 M3-2
Passenger ocean vessels
0.15 x p*
M1-1 M1-2 M1-3
1 per 2,000 sq. ft. of lot area or 1 per 3 employees, whichever is less
M1-4 M1-5 M1-6
Vessels not otherwise listed
M1-1 M1-2 M1-3
M2-1 M2-2 M3-1
1 per 2,000 sq. ft. of lot area or 1 per 3 employees whichever is less
M1-4 M1-5 M1-6
* For sightseeing, excursion, sport fishing or passenger ocean vessels, "p" is the sum of the maximum capacities of all such vessels using a dock. The maximum capacity of each vessel is its U.S. Coast Guard certified capacity
For ferries, "p" is the total ferry passenger load of a dock on weekdays between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., as determined by the N.Y.C. Department of Transportation
For docks serving both above categories of vessels, the number of parking spaces required shall be the sum of the number of spaces required for each category
** By City Planning Commission special permit only for ferries or passenger ocean vessels in districts indicated
Accessory off-street parking spaces and loading berths shall be provided for all developments on floating structures in accordance with applicable district regulations unless specifically modified by this Chapter.
Where floor area is the unit of measurement for a use, the floor area shall be deemed to be the area of all floors or decks, both open and enclosed, on all levels of the floating structure. Floor or deck space occupied permanently and exclusively by mechanical equipment or that is normally inaccessible for human occupancy may be excluded.
Where lot area is the unit of measurement for a use, the water coverage of the floating structure shall be deemed to be lot area.
The applicable district regulations for developments with accessory or public parking facilities are further modified by this Section.
No accessory parking spaces shall be located on a floating structure except in conjunction with a special permit pursuant to Section 62-834 (Uses on floating structures).
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 12-10 (DEFINITIONS), a public parking garage or public parking lot may include permitted or required accessory off-street parking spaces which are accessory to uses on a separate zoning lot, provided that:
(a) the uses to which they are accessory are on a zoning lot within a waterfront block;
(b) the entrance to the facility is not further than 1,000 feet from the nearest boundary of the zoning lot occupied by the uses to which it is accessory; and
(c) the ownership requirement for such accessory off-street parking spaces is satisfied by an interest commensurate with the interest of the principal use.
Whenever accessory parking spaces are provided off-site within a public parking facility, the number of spaces and the use to which they are accessory shall be recorded on the certificates of occupancy for both the principal use and the public parking facility.
(a) Open parking areas on waterfront blocks shall be screened from all adjoining zoning lots pursuant to Section 62-655 (Planting and trees), paragraph (a)(7)(iii), or from a street or an upland connection pursuant to Section 37-921 (Perimeter landscaping). Screening may be interrupted only by vehicular or pedestrian entrances.
(b) All parking garages that occupy the ground floor frontage along any street or upland connection shall be screened in accordance with the planting requirements of Section 62-655.
(c) For parking garages on piers, at least 50 percent of the perimeter wall area on all sides fronting on public access areas, up to a height of 15 feet, shall consist of clear or lightly tinted transparent material or latticework.
(d) The screening requirements shall not apply to accessory parking for WD uses or other uses in Use Groups 16, 17 or 18, when located in C8 or Manufacturing Districts, except as set forth in the applicable district regulations.
For large-scale general developments within the Hallets Point Peninsula in Community District 1, in the Borough of Queens, floor area shall not include floor space used for off-street parking spaces provided in any story located not more than 33 feet above the base plane, provided that where such facilities front upon streets and waterfront public access areas, such spaces are within facilities that are located behind commercial, community facility or residential floor space so that no portion of such parking facility, other than entrances and exits, is visible from such street or waterfront public access areas. Such floor space shall have a minimum depth of 18 feet.
The applicable district regulations pertaining to permitted or required accessory off-street loading facilities shall apply to all developments, except as modified in this Section.
All open off-street loading berths on waterfront blocks shall be screened from all adjoining zoning lots, including such zoning lots situated across a street and from all public access areas on the zoning lot pursuant to Section 62-655 (Planting and trees). Screening may be interrupted only by vehicular or pedestrian entrances.
The screening requirement shall not apply to accessory loading berths for WD uses or other uses in Use Groups 16, 17 or 18, when located in C8 or Manufacturing Districts, except as set forth in the applicable district regulations.
All developments providing new docking facilities serving ferries, sightseeing, excursion, sport fishing or passenger ocean vessels, shall provide an area for the drop-off and pick-up of passengers by car, taxi, van and bus as shown in the table in this Section. Such area shall be located on the zoning lot or on another zoning lot in the same or an adjoining Commercial or Manufacturing District, which is contiguous to the zoning lot occupied by the docking facility, or would be contiguous except for its separation by a street or street intersection.
Such area shall be accessed by a one-way driveway at least 15 feet wide with separate entranceways and exits located at least 50 feet apart on the same street or located on separate streets, provided that no entrance or exit is less than 50 feet from a street intersection.
Such area, which may include the driveway on the zoning lot, shall be large enough to accommodate the number of vehicles required by the following table, based on a dimensional allowance of 10 feet by 20 feet for cars, taxis and vans and 12 feet by 50 feet for buses.
The Commissioners of Buildings or Business Services, as applicable, may accept an equivalent lay-by area on a portion of a street adjoining the zoning lot, if such street treatment and drop-off area is approved by the Department of Transportation.
REQUIRED DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP SPACES FOR VARIOUS DOCKING FACILITIES
Maximum Vessel Capacity*
Number of Car Spaces**
Number of Bus Spaces
100 or more
1 for each 50 passengers over100; maximum requirement 10
Sightseeing, excursion, or sport fishing vessels
Up to 200
1 for each 50 passengers over 200; maximum requirement 15
1 for each 50 passengers over 200; maximum requirement 2
Any commercial vessels
* Capacity of the largest vessel using a dock. Capacity of a vessel is its U.S. Coast Guard certified capacity. For ferries, the N.Y.C. Department of Transportation operating permit capacity may be used as the vessel capacity
** Includes cars, taxis and vans