Thank you for your interest in helping the Landmarks Preservation Commission identify buildings, objects, neighborhoods, interior or scenic area that could potentially merit consideration as a landmark, historic district, interior landmark or scenic landmark. The agency conducts surveys to identify historic resources and potential landmarks. In addition, LPC reviews approximately 200 Requests for Evaluation (RFEs) each year. To nominate a building or site for consideration, you must submit a Request for Evaluation (“RFE”) form.
Is the Site Already a Landmark?
Before you submit an RFE, please check to see if the property in which you are interested is already landmarked by virtue of being an individual landmark, a scenic landmark, an interior landmark or in a historic district.
To get started, search for the property on the “Find Your Landmark” box on the right side navigation bar of this page. This will take you to CityMap, where you will be able to see if your site of interest already has landmark protection.
Additionally, the Department of Buildings Building Information System (BIS) provides the public with up-to-the-minute information about individual buildings, ranging from complaints to filed applications.
How to Initiate an Evaluation
To initiate an evaluation by LPC, please download an RFE form and mail it to the Commission, along with any information or photos you have of the associated site. The agency will only consider requests that are submitted through an RFE application. Download a Request for Evaluation form for the following:
Individual, Scenic, and Interior Landmarks (in PDF)
Historic District (in PDF)
Response to an RFE
When a request and its supporting materials are received, the agency will begin its evaluation and, if appropriate, conduct further research to determine whether the site you are nominating meets the minimum standards of the Landmarks Law. Properties that may qualify are then comprehensively reviewed by the agency.
A determination by the agency that a resource may merit further consideration does not indicate that it will be recommended or formally considered for designation at that time. The agency assesses potentially meritorious resources in light of many factors, including: agency priorities, the agency’s policy of designating resources in all five boroughs, and the importance of the resource in the context of similar and/or already designated resources. Those resources that merit further consideration and are in line with agency priorities will be presented to the full Commission for formal consideration. For more information about the steps involved in considering a property for designation, please see the section “How the Designation Process Works.”
A determination that a property does not merit future consideration means that the property does not meet the minimum standards of the Landmarks Law or does not merit further consideration at this time. For example, it may not be at least 30 years old, be too altered, or it may be that its architecture and/or history do not rise to the level of significance necessary for potential designation. A determination that a resource is not significant reflects the Commission’s current policies and priorities and can change over time and/or if new information is uncovered.
You will be notified by mail about the outcome of the agency’s assessment.