Provisions of the New York City Zoning Resolution Concerning Regulation of Dancing and Music. Provisions related to dancing and music are marked in yellow. The provisions relating to dancing and music were added in 1990 as a result of the 1989 City Planning Report, the background of which is described in Chevigny – Gigs: Jazz… Continue reading Zoning Resolution – Provisions Relating to Dancing and Music
Focused consideration of reform of the Zoning Resolution suggest the need for informative mapping showing areas subject to restrictions. Note: This article shows only a few examples of Special District regulations which override the general Use Group 12 provisions allowing dancing in Manufacturing and Commercial area. This article is under review for accuracy. Mapping only… Continue reading Mapping of Zoning Lots Subject to Dancing and Music Regulations
The Zoning Resolution consists of 14 Articles and 11 Appendices, plus 126 Zoning Maps, that establish the zoning districts for the City and the regulations governing land use and development. The version linked above is an easy to use web version to the ZR, with links to legislative history. Articles I through VII contain the use,… Continue reading Text of NYC Zoning Resolultion
Both prior to and after the 1989 revisions to the Zoning Resolution, Special Permits from the Board of Standards and Appeals or the City Planning Commission were used to provide a way to allow music and dancing uses otherwise prohibited or in certain districts. Special Permits are cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming to obtain and… Continue reading Special Permits by BSA – 18 Years and Only One Social Dancing Special Permit
Metrics and Factors This article provides an overview of numeric metrics and other factors used to regulate music and dancing. This following is not inclusive and provides only examples of the use of the metric or factor. It is necessary to review the numerous provisions of the Zoning Resolution as marked in the excerpt Zoning… Continue reading Metrics and Factors Used in Dance and Music Regulation
Letter suggesting issues to be explored in reviewing zoning resolution re music and dancing.
New York City has had three major versions of the Zoning Resolution adopted in 1916, 1961, and the current version revised substantially in 1989..
The Zoning Resolution allows dancing without restriction under Use Group 10, which carries on an exemption that has existed since the 1926 Cabaret Law. Many venues do not seem to be aware of this exemption.
The complete 160 page report may be downloaded at this link and is described at this ONL page. Comments: Excerpts relating to dancing and music are below. The Report, issued 3.5 years after the establishment of ONL and the repeal of the Cabaret Law, avoids specific recommendations at to changes to the zoning resolution. No… Continue reading Office of Nightlife (ONL) June 2021 Report
In the Summer of 2021, the Nightlife Advisory Board issued its primary report, but opted to offer no specific recommendations as to revision of the zoning related to dancing, no position on the practice of prohibiting cover charges for live music in Use Group 6, and no mention of the overreaching regulation by the State Liquor Authority in collaboration with Community Boards.