Maps and Mapping Tools
Maps of Coastal Boundary and Special Areas
New York State’s Coastal Area Boundary
The New York Department of State’s interactive mapping tool allows you to enter your address and see if you are within the NYS coastal area.
Special Designated Areas for New York City’s Waterfront Revitalization Program
The NYC Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) includes the following reference maps for New York City waterfront permitting. Read the WRP document available from the NYC DCP for an explanation of how these zones and areas impact your waterfront project.
- Special Natural Waterfront Areas
- Special Maritime and Industrial Areas
- Arthur Kill Ecologically Sensitive Maritime and Industrial Area
- Priority Marine Activity Zones
- Recognized Ecological Complexes
Maps can be downloaded on the NYC DCP’s Waterfront Revitalization Program page
Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas
Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas (CEHA) are currently mapped for Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Click on a borough to see related CEHA maps:
Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Maps
New York State Interactive Mapping Tools
Environmental Assessment (EAF) Mapper
You can use this online mapping tool from the NYS DEC to generate a Site Location Map and an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) as part of your Joint Application.
Environmental Resource Mapper
This interactive mapping tool from NYS DEC identifies New York State’s natural resources and environmental features that are state protected, or of conservation concern.
Geographic Information Gateway
NYS DOS’s interactive map enables users to easily download, visualize, and explore geographic data. A Latest Conditions page provides access to real-time information across the State, such as water quality, tide levels, and beach conditions.
Tidal Wetlands Maps
To find out if your project is within a Tidal Wetland or adjacent area in New York City you can now visit NYS DEC’s Geographic Information Gateway.
Some tips on using this tool to locate tidal wetlands:
- Find the quadrant on the online map that covers your waterfront area of interest
- Click to highlight the quadrant corresponding to the 1974 Tidal Wetland map you want to download
- A dialog box will then appears where you can select either “Preview Map Image” or “Download Map Image” of the correct Tidal Wetland detail map
(Trouble shooting downloading from NYS DEC’s Geographic Information Gateway, make sure your browser trusts the site. You may also need to try accessing the site from a different browser.)
Freshwater Wetlands Maps
State-regulated Freshwater Wetlands can be found on the NYS DEC’s:
Some tips on using this tool to locate freshwater wetlands:
- “Search” by either “County” or the exact address of the project, and click “Find.”
- Select the “Layers & Legend” view, and check “State Regulated Freshwater Wetlands.” Click “Refresh Layers.” Freshwater wetlands and surrounding areas (“check zones”), if they exist in your area, appear in bright green shading.
New York City Zoning and Property Maps
New York City’s Zoning and Land Use
ZOLA (NYC Department of Buildings)
This interactive mapping tool allows you to:
- Check the property ownership for any lot in New York City. Zoom in on this map, and select the lot for detailed information.
- Check whether a property is within the NYC Coastal Zone Boundary. Click on “Zoning & Related Data on Map” on the right, then go go to “Waterfront” and check “Coastal Zone Boundary/” Zoom in to see if the property you are interested in is within the NYC Coastal Boundary (and NYS coastal area).
Automated City Register Information System
The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) supports the Office of the City Register in recording and maintaining official documents related to real estate, including deeds, mortgages, leases, and other property records.
Waterfront Access Map
As part of the work of Vision 2020: New York City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the Department of City Planning has created this interactive map to identify and provide information about the city’s inventory of publicly-accessible waterfront spaces.
Maps Related to Flooding
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the New York City Area
The flood hazards shown on the FIRM are used to determine flood insurance rates and requirements and where floodplain development regulations apply. This information may be required to assess a project’s consistency with the Waterfront Revitalization Program.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Planning Tool for NYC Floodplains
This mapping tool from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presents the future 1% annual chance floodplain with sea level rise scenarios developed by the New York City Panel on Climate Change. This information may be required to assess a project’s consistency with the Waterfront Revitalization Program.
NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
This mapping tool allows users to see how various levels of sea level rise may impact areas at high tide (MHHW). This information may be required to assess a project’s consistency with the Waterfront Revitalization Program.