Use Groups – Commercial District Regulations Article 3 – All Use Groups and

Zoning Resolution use group regulations including regulations of Use Group 6, 10 and 12 are found in Article III Chapter 2 Use Regulations of the Zoning Resolution.

Use Groups governing allowed uses in zoning districts are established by the Zoning Resolution, Article Ill: Commercial District Regulations Chapter 2 – Use Regulations.

This site has extracted those provisions affecting music and dancing as highlighted in yellow.


These provisions are organized by Use Groups. The districts covered by each Use Groups are described in each provision. Commercial Districts uses are identified as

Section 32-15 defines Use Group 6 applying to these Retail and Commercial zoning districts: Cl C2 C4 C5 C6 C8.  Section 32-15 has three sub-sections, A through C, and apprently referred to as Use Group 6A, 6B, and 6C.

Section 32-21 defines Use Group 12 applies to these zoning districts: C4 C6 C7 C8.

Section 32-19 Use Group 10 applies to hotels in C4 C5 C6 C8 – an exception for hotels which has existed since 1926 in the Cabaret Law and then incorporated into the Zoning Resolution (in 1989-1990). Note that the districts are no the sames at the districts of Use Group 10.

Some other Use Groups/Districts affecting dancing are as follows:

Reference to some of these additional Use Groups for Manufacturing Districts may be found in  Chapter 2 – Use Regulations Article IV-Chapter 2.

§ 42-31
By the Board of Standards and Appeals
In the districts indicated, the following uses are permitted by special permit of the Board of Standards and Appeals, in accordance with standards set forth in Article VII, Chapter 3.

M1-5B M1-5M M1-6M

Eating or drinking establishments, with entertainment and a capacity of more than 200 persons or establishments of any capacity with dancing [PRC-D]

Then further provisions allow dancing only with Special  Permits in certain Special  Districts. As one example:

§ 73-244
In C2, C3, C4*, C6-4**, M1-5B, M1-5M and M1-6M Districts, the Special Hudson Square District and the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District, the Board of Standards and Appeals may permit eating or drinking establishments with entertainment and a capacity of more than 200 persons or establishments of any capacity with dancing, for a term not to exceed three years, provided that the following findings are made:

Thus, even though the map might show these as available for dancing as Use Group 12, this is only with special permits.


Note: The ZoLa web application does not indicate the Use Groups to which a particular lot is assigned.


See DCP Guide to Use Groups.

Zoning Resolution Article III Chapter 2 Commercial Use Regulation

Categories: Statute-Regulation Language, Statutes and Regulations, Use Groups, Zoning Resolution
Author: City of New York