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The wet-over-dry rule in NYC prevents apartment owners from putting wet spaces (bathrooms & kitchens) over dry areas such as living rooms on floors below. The rule prevents water damage and mitigates risks when leaks do occur. The wet over dry rule in NYC is not a law nor a code or regulation. However, it is just a rule that most is condo and co-op follow and respect in their alteration agreements. We’ll go other the reasoning and explore ways to seek an exception to the rule.Most renovations can be executed with board approval, but when it comes to moving the plumbing, you need to find creative ways to get the green light. Once you start changing the pipe, and it becomes unique and specific to each apartment, it becomes challenging to determine where underlying issues might be. Combining two apartments is popular in New York. However, one of the reasons these projects can end up with funky footprints is because of rules like wet over dry. You can get around the board’s wet-over-dry rules by expanding the kitchen and putting the dishwasher within the footprint of the old bathroom.