A new NYC Department of Buildings rule eases rules on smaller yoga studios with a single studio room and no showers.
REF: Yoga studio | Use group, yoga studio | ZR 32-15 | ZR 12-10 | ZR 73-36 | ZR 32-18
This bulletin clarifies zoning requirements when establishing yoga studios in buildings or portions thereof:
Last year, a number of yoga studios that were organized under a Manhattan group called Yoga for New York complained about government regulations, including the high cost to conform to the correct certificate of occupancy needed by health clubs and gyms.
The law regulating so-called physical culture establishments harkens back to the city’s seedier days in the 1970s, when local officials were battling sexual massage parlors in Midtown. To combat that, the city’s Board of Estimate in 1978 passed a law tightly regulating health spas, gyms and massage parlors, in an effort to restrict illegal sexual activity.
Today, the law governing those physical culture establishments continues to require a review by the Board of Standards and Appeals, as well as a rigorous background check of the principals of the health clubs and spas.
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