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The City's Landmarks Law requires owners to obtain permits from the Landmarks Preservation Commission before you begin work on your property. Please note that LPC's expert staff can review and issue permits more quickly for certain types of work through our Expedited Review Service.

To obtain a permit, you must file a complete application. Our Permit Application Guide offers complete instructions on how to file a complete application that includes all of the correct materials. Please note that there are fees to cover costs associated with issuing permits for certain kinds of work.

An application consists of:

  • An application form
  • Documents, drawings or other materials that adequately describe the proposed work
    Only complete applications can be processed. If LPC staff finds that an application is incomplete, the staff will send a checklist of materials to the applicant, indicating what additional materials are required. If your application remains incomplete for more than 90 days, your application may be withdrawn.

TIP: If an application is complete upon submission, a permit can be issued upon initial review, expediting the process.

Follow the below steps to file a complete application and obtain a permit:

Step 1: Fill out an Application

Print an application form and fill it out.

Step 2: Consult LPC Guidelines and Materials Checklists

LPC cannot issue a work permit unless applicants correctly describe the existing condition of a building and the proposal to alter it. Floor plans, elevation and section drawings, photo montages, models, material samples, and written specifications are among the kinds of materials that will adequately describe a building and the proposal to alter it.

After filling out the application, read LPC's Guidelines and Materials Checklists for Performing Work on Landmarked Buildings to determine the descriptive materials you'll need to complete your application, and ensure a permit can be issued as quickly as possible.

Step 3: Compile Descriptive Materials

As you gather the necessary materials to complete your application, you are welcome to contact LPC if you have questions.

Step 4: Sign the Application Form

The application form must be signed by the owner of the property. An improperly signed form, such as a form signed by the tenant or managing agent, will delay your application.

In cooperative buildings, the chairman or other appropriate officer of the co-op board must sign the application.

In condominium buildings that are in common ownership, the chairman or other appropriate officer of the condominium association must sign the application.

Step 5: Submit the Application to LPC

Applications can be submitted to LPC by mail or dropped off at our offices at 1 Centre St., 9th Floor North, New York, NY 10007, Attention: New Permit Applications. Notices of Compliance and some amendments that do not have related filing drawings can be emailed to the Applications desk.

Step 6: LPC Staff Preservationist Assigned to Project

The assigned LPC staff preservationist decides the type of permit needed for the project, and will contact you if additional materials are required. Staff may arrange a meeting with you and your architect or contractor, depending on the complexity of the project.

Step 7: LPC Staff Reviews Completed Proposal

When your application is complete, LPC evaluates it to determine the effect of the proposed alterations on the architectural and historic character of the building and/or the historic district, and whether the project must be reviewed by the full Commission.

If your staff preservationist finds that the work does not meet the Commission's rules for a staff-level permit, he or she may suggest alternatives that can be approved under a staff-level permit.

Your staff preservationist will also provide guidance regarding materials and restoration or construction techniques, if needed.

Step 8: LPC Issues Permit

Once the staff confirms that an application is complete, a decision is made as quickly as possible. The Commission must make its decision within the following time periods, but only after all of the correct materials are received and the application is complete:

  • Certificate of No Effect - 30 working days
  • Permit for Minor Work - 20 working days
  • Certificate of Appropriateness - 90 working days

In most instances, a decision is made in much less time. The period of time needed to process a complete application with all of the correct materials depends on the complexity of the alteration and whether a site visit is needed.