Permit Guidebook

LPC Permit Guidebook - How to Get Staff-Level Approvals 2019 Edition over a photo of red brick buildings

The LPC Permit Guidebook: How to Get Staff-Level Approvals helps applicants file applications that include the correct materials so that staff can review the proposed work and issue a permit more quickly. There is guidance on the most common work types, and also barrier-free access and sustainability, resiliency and flood-proofing measures in historic buildings so they may best adapt to the impacts of climate change. If your work type is not included in this guidebook, please contact us for assistance on how to complete a permit application. It includes new

Please note the LPC Permit Guidebook is meant to be used in conjunction with LPC Rules, available here (in PDF). It does not replace or amend the LPC Rules and does not release property owners from the obligation of obtaining a permit for work from the Commission.

This edition of the Permit Guidebook was published prior to the launch of Portico, LPC’s new web-based permit application portal. In addition, the Commission has recently adopted several new rules that that are not reflected in the current guide. While we work to update the Permit Application Guide to reflect these changes, please refer to the LPC Rules page for a complete copy of LPC’s Rules, including information on the newly adopted rules. Please refer to the Apply on Portico page for more information on applying for permits on Portico.

Download the full LPC Permit Guidebook as a PDF

You can also download individual chapters of the LPC Permit Guidebook:

Windows and Doors
Awnings and Sidewalk Canopies
Front, Side, and Rear Yards and Areaways
Barrier-Free Access
Health, Safety, and Utility Equipment
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Other Mechanical Equipment
Fire Escapes
Temporary Installations

If you would like to purchase the LPC Permit Guidebook as a bound book, it is available at the CityStore. It can be purchased online here or at the store located at 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007.