The Commission helps preserve the City's landmark properties by regulating changes to their significant features. LPC doesn't prevent owners from making changes, but rather works with them to ensure that planned changes are appropriate to the character and style of their buildings.
Owners or tenants must apply for a permit from LPC before doing certain kinds of work affecting the exterior and/or interior of landmarked properties. In addition to filing an application, you must provide certain documents and materials that explain the alterations you plan to make. Learn more about how to get a permit. If you’re ready to get started print an application (in PDF) now.
LPC permits are required for the following exterior work:
LPC permits are required for the following interior work:
- Any restoration, alteration, reconstruction, demolition, or new construction that affects the exterior of an individual landmark or a building in a historic district if the project requires a permit from the Department of Buildings
- Any project that affects the exterior, even if a Department of Buildings permit is not required
LPC permits are not required for ordinary repairs or maintenance such as:
- Projects that require a permit from the Department of Buildings
- Projects that affect the exterior of a building
- Projects that affect interior spaces that have been designated as interior landmarks
If you have any doubt whether you need a permit for your project, please call the Commission at 212-669-7817.
- Replacing broken window glass
- Repainting a building exterior or feature a color that matches the existing color
- Replacing caulk around windows and doors