LANDMARKS – Landmarks Preservation Commission

Decisions Posted on Site:
Permitting (January 1, 2002 – Present)

Link to Landmarks Preservation Commission web site

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is the New York City agency that is responsible for identifying and designating the City’s landmarks and buildings in the City’s historic districts. The Commission also regulates changes to designated buildings. The agency, consisting of eleven Commissioners and a full-time staff, is called the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the name is also used to refer to the eleven Commissioners acting as a body.

The Commission posts two sets of documents on this web site.

  • Designation reports, which describe the historic, cultural, and architectural considerations for designation as a landmark or historic district, and document features of the building or buildings that have been designated.
  • Permitting decisions, which are the decisions made by the eleven Commissioners following a Public Hearing or Meeting on applications for work on a landmarked building or in a historic district. Permitting decisions describe the work that was approved or denied, the building where the work is proposed to be done, and the reasons why the proposal was or was not found to be appropriate.

The types of permitting decisions available are listed below:

Certificate of Appropriateness (“C of A”)
The Certificate of Appropriateness is an approval or an approval with modifications of a proposal for work on a designated property. It is issued following a Public Hearing if the Commissioners find the proposed work to be appropriate.

A C of A is needed when the proposed work requires a Department of Buildings permit and will affect significant protected architectural features. Additions, demolitions, new construction, and removal of architectural features such as stoops and cornices usually require a C of A.

Commission Denial
The Commission Denial is a denial of a proposal for work on a designated property. It is issued following a Public Hearing if the Commissioners find the proposed work to be inappropriate.

Commission Report- Binding
The Binding Commission Report comments favorably or unfavorably on work proposed for designated City-owned properties, following a Public Hearing.

Commission Report- Advisory

The Advisory Commission Report comments favorably or unfavorably on work proposed for designated City-owned properties, following a Public Hearing. The New York City Art Commission has primary jurisdiction over this work.