Public Design Commission of the City of New York
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Design Review

Agency Jurisdiction
The City agency that has jurisdiction over the property on which the project is located must make the formal submission to the Design Commission. For example, if an artist would like to install a work of art in a City park, the application to the Design Commission must come from the Department of Parks & Recreation. Similarly, if a community would like to install a memorial or commemorative plaque on a City sidewalk, the application must be submitted by the Department of Transportation.

Role of the Design Commission Liaisons
Each City agency has a designated Design Commission liaison to manage the submission process on behalf of the agency and its consultants. The liaison is responsible for requesting placement on all Design Commission agendas by submitting a written transmittal indicating all projects to be reviewed, including projects that have been previously submitted. The liaison is also responsible for ensuring that all submissions are complete and accurate and are submitted on the submission deadline in order for the submission to be placed on the agenda.
See the Liaison Directory

Interagency Coordination
Prior to submitting a proposal to the Design Commission, applicants must obtain internal agency approvals and ensure compliance with the regulations of other City agencies, such as the Landmarks Preservation Commission. If a project requires review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a written report from Landmarks must accompany the Design Commission submission. In addition, in cases where a design proposal may overlap jurisdictions, the sponsoring agency is responsible for coordinating the project with the relevant City agencies and obtaining required approvals.
Visit the Landmarks Preservation Commission Web site

Public Hearings
Projects are submitted for formal review and approval at the Design Commission's public hearings. The public is welcome to attend and give testimony. Those who plan to testify are encouraged to submit their testimony in writing in advance of the meeting date. Agendas are posted on the Design Commission’s Web site at least three (3) business days in advance of the public hearing date.
See Calendar of Meetings
See Meeting Minutes

Committee Meetings
In addition to public hearings, the Design Commission holds committee meetings to discuss projects informally prior to submission to the full Commission. Submission requirements for committee meetings are the same as for public hearings. Committee meetings provide a less formal forum to get feedback early in the design process; discuss complex projects in-depth; review alternative design directions; resolve outstanding conditions of approval; present design modifications that occur after approval; and address projects tabled by the full Commission.
See Calendar of Meetings