On May 19, 2021, the Department of City Planning referred out the Health and Fitness Citywide Text
Amendment (N 210382 ZRY), beginning the public review process.
The proposed text amendment would modify regulations related to gyms, spas, and licensed massage
therapy, and other health and fitness facilities defined as “Physical Culture or Health Establishments.”
The text amendment would remove the requirement for these facilities to receive a special permit from the Board of Standards and Appeals, cutting red tape for small businesses that provide health-related amenities in communities. The proposed zoning text amendment would affect every community district within the City, since it would impact all zoning districts except R1 and R2 districts.
Additional information on the proposal is available on the Department of City Planning’s
The Department of City Planning is referring this application to the affected Community Boards for 60 days. Community Board comments or recommendations on this application should be submitted by July 27, 2021.