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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
Apply for a Permit

How to Get a Permit

The City’s Landmarks Law requires owners to obtain permits from the Landmarks Commission before you begin work on your project. Please note that the Commission’s expert staff can review and issue permits more quickly for certain types of work than others through two different methods: Expedited Review for a Certificate of No Effect and FasTrack Service.

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

An application consists of: 

1)  An application form (in PDF)
2)  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.

An application that remains incomplete three months after the applicant has been notified by LPC staff that additional materials are required to complete the application will be considered withdrawn by the owner.

Please follow the below steps to file a complete application and obtain a permit.

Step 1: Fill out an Application

Print an application (in PDF) and fill it out.

Step 2: Consult LPC Guidelines and Materials Checklists The LPC cannot issue a work permit unfless applicants adequately 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.
Read the Permit Application Guide (in PDF)

Step 3: Compile Descriptive Materials

As you gather the necessary materials to complete your application, you are welcome to contact the 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: LPC Permit Applications.

Step 6: LPC Enters Data and Assigns Staff Member to Project

  • Staff preservationist decides the type of permit needed for the work
  • Staff preservationist contacts applicants if additional materials are needed
  • Staff preservationist may arrange a meeting with applicant and applicant’s architect or contractor, depending on the complexity of the project

Step 7: LPC Staff Reviews Proposal

  • If the application is complete, LPC evaluates it determine the effect of the proposed changes 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.
  • An 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 only after receiving a complete application with all of the correct materials:

  • 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.
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