In 2017, the New York City Council adopted Local Law 116 as amended by Local Law 250 (“Local Law”), requiring public space signage at all new and existing privately owned public spaces (“POPS”), as defined in the Local Law. In 2019, the Department of City Planning (“DCP”) updated the POPS logo, which now must be included on such signage.
The provision of clear, visible, and readable signage is essential to identify POPS and provide information about the POPS, such as the hours of access, required amenities, and the names of those responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the POPS.
The term “privately owned public space” is defined in the Local Law as follows:
Such term does not include any waterfront public access areas regulated pursuant to article 6 chapter 2 of the Zoning Resolution.
A new DCP rule related to signage for POPS (“POPS Rule”) was added to Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York in January 2020 and will be effective on February 5, 2020. The POPS Rule includes instructions for posting this signage. Prior to installing signage, owners must submit to DCP a design review package for approval that includes the below components.
DCP created the document “New York City Privately Owned Public Spaces Signage Standards and Specifications” to guide property owners through the process.
Land Use Application Form
|A copy of the most recently approved drawings, if any, of the privately owned public space or spaces, provided on 11x17 paper|
|A plan for a signage system, prepared in accordance with the Standards and Specifications||New York City Privately Owned Public Spaces Signage Standards and Specifications||Sample|
Applicants may download the Privately Owned Public Spaces Signage Symbol file at DCP's Required Graphic Symbols website.
For POPS established on or after October 1, 2017, signage must include a site map, displaying the boundaries of the POPS relative to other structures on the zoning lot and adjacent streets or public ways. For further guidance on site maps, please download the DCP POPS Site Map Guidelines.
One paper copy of the package should be submitted in-person at DCP, 120 Broadway, 31st Fl, New York, NY 10271. A digital copy should be emailed to POPSSignage_DL@planning.nyc.gov.
At the point of submittal, a fee in the amount of $500, payable to DCP, will be charged for each privately owned public space signage design review that is not part of an application for DCP’s review of a new privately owned public space or the redesign of an existing privately owned public space pursuant to the Zoning Resolution or section 197-c of the Charter of the City of New York.
Property owners of POPS without any previously approved signage, or with previously approved signage that does not include a statement that such space is open to the public and the hours it is open must submit a complete package to DCP within 180 days of the effective date of the POPS Rule (by August 3, 2020). All other owners must submit a package to DCP within 2 years of the effective date of the POPS Rule (by February 5, 2022). For more details, please refer to the Local Law and Title 62 of the Rules of the City of New York.
Once approved, owners will receive a copy of an approval letter from DCP, and must install approved signage within 90 days from the date of DCP approval. Owners may for good cause, in connection with construction or renovation of the POPS, request extension of the 90 day period from DCP.
To obtain copies of records of prior approvals or drawings for a POPS, please submit a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) at NYC Open Records.
For all other questions and to submit digital copies of packages, please email POPSSignage_DL@planning.nyc.gov.