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Zoning Requiring front door to face street?

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Does anyone have a requirement in residential zones that the primary entrance to the dwelling (even if it's a multi-family) be on the side of the building facing the street/frontage/front yard?
Yes. It's written in the NYC Gov code, along with a myriad of exceptions, and it sometimes takes awhile to find just the right thing. In the mean time, is this thread started by JNA in 2005 any help?
Q. Does anybody have or know of a zoning ordinance that requires the front door of a residence to face the street frontage ?
 

TOFB

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can you send it along?
Need more than this? (Required for most residential districts)

B. Façade Design
1. All façades that face a street must have articulation in the form of windows, doors, or other significant
architectural features that are projected or recessed to create shadow and visual interest.
2. The number and size of façade articulations must be scaled to the size of the façade to balance a home’s
compatibility within the neighborhood with its own unique character.
3. Additions to existing homes must continue the architectural vocabulary established by the original home,
and must be informed by the overall character of the surrounding area.
4. Front porches are encouraged, to add interest and scale to the front of a home. Where provided, porches
must maintain compatibility with adjacent homes.
5. The front entry to a home must be a prominent feature, and must be located on the front façade.
 

Doohickie

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5. The front entry to a home must be a prominent feature, and must be located on the front façade.
So what is the definition of "front entry"? Would this be acceptable? The front porch stairs are clearly on the front facade of the house, but the door itself faces sideways relative to the street. A good chunk of entries around here are like this. It's very obvious from the street where the front entry is, and depending on how you define it, you could say it's located on the front facade, but the door doesn't actually face the street.
 
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Doohickie

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The interesting thing about that house is that it has 3 entry doors oriented like that. Besides the main front entry, there is also an entry into the garage and one into the (presumable) kitchen, both from the little gap next to the garage.
 

Dan

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Here's what I'm using in the FBC:

(one of the architectural regulations) A principal building must have a prominent entry on the front elevation, with an allowed frontage feature for the building type.

Frontage feature types: porch, stoop, storefront, grade entry. Each have their own requirements.

(definition) Elevation, front: building side facing a street, court, or other common area, that acts as the building’s “face”.

This allows cottage courts and courtyard-style townhouses where the court have direct access from the street.
 
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