LPC Business Express Service

LPC has created a new Business Express Service that will serve as a one-stop shop for business owners in landmark buildings making it easier for them to get their permits.

The LPC Business Express Service includes a dedicated hotline and team who will offer pre-application consultation and focused application review to support businesses located in storefronts and other street-level commercial spaces in the City’s designated buildings and historic districts, including restaurants, retail stores and offices. There is also an accompanying application form, available for download here, to make the process as seamless as possible.

Contact the LPC Business Express Team at 646-202-3938 or info@lpc.nyc.gov. Click here to download the flyer (available in PDF).

Work Types

The work types listed below related to commercial stores, restaurants, and offices at first or second floors and basements are eligible for LPC Business Express Service review.

• Interior Work
• Minor Restoration Work (repainting, cleaning,
repointing, etc.)
• Storefronts, Windows and Doors
• Awnings
• Signs and Related Lighting
• Barrier-Free Access (ramps, lifts, changes to
doors, entrances and stairs)
• Sidewalks, Vault Lights or Hatches
• Health, Safety and Utility Equipment (security
cameras, light fixtures, etc.)
• Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
(HVAC) Equipment (louvers, ductwork,
condensing units, etc.)
• Unenclosed Sidewalk Cafes
• Temporary Installations or Work (temporary
signs, artwork, banners, kiosks, storefront
probes, etc.)
• Authorization to Proceed (ATP) Permits for
work subject to an approved master plan

If your work type is not covered here, reach out to the Business Express Team at 646-202-3938 or info@lpc.nyc.gov (write Business Express in the subject line), and they will help you figure out the best way to get your permit.

Applications and Permits

Before submitting your application, please ensure that the proposed work meets LPC Rules by looking up the type of work you are proposing in the Permit Guidebook. You can also reference the Guidelines for Storefront Design.

To apply, fill out the LPC Business Express application form, which can be downloaded here, attach all materials that describe the existing conditions and the proposed work, and send it by email to: applications@lpc.nyc.gov. 

When submitting your application, you must include supplementary materials along with your application form to show that your work meets the rules. Supplementary materials vary by work type, as found on the links to checklists included under each work type in the application form, but all applications should include the following:

Current photos of the area(s) where the proposed exterior work will take place.
Dimensioned drawings of the proposed work. For work that also requires review by the Department of Buildings, submit signed and sealed DOB drawings.

Contact the LPC Business Express Team at 646-202-3938 or info@lpc.nyc.gov if you have any questions about what supplementary materials are needed to complete your application and ensure the quickest turnaround time. If emailing, please put “Business Express” in the subject line.

Open Office Hours

LPC will be holding virtual Open Office Hours for business owners and their representatives throughout the summer and into the fall. This will provide the opportunity to virtually meet one-on-one with the Business Express Service team to discuss their potential projects and ask questions.

The first Open Office Hours session will be held on August 18th from 2-4 p.m. via Zoom. Sign-up sheets for Open Office Hours sessions will be posted on this page as well as our Open Office Hours page.

Upcoming Open Office Hours

Thursday, August 18 from 2-4 pm

Sign up here https://forms.office.com/g/eBLwaJbtvk to virtually meet one-on-one with staff to discuss your potential projects.